Article by Official TMUFC
Tooting’s destiny is now back in their own hands after picking up a hard fought and well deserved point at Harrow Borough yesterday in a game they could easily have snatched if Jordan Wilson hadn’t had an effort acrobatically cleared off the line in stoppage time. Meanwhile, relegation rivals Burgess Hill went down 2-0 at Leiston, leaving the Terrors one point ahead of their Sussex rivals with two games each left to play.
Yesterday’s game started brightly for the Terrors and they should have gone ahead on 7 minutes. Omar Folkes found himself in the clear 10 yards outside the Borough penalty area. Time appeared to stand still for a number of seconds as the realisation dawned that the only people who deemed him not to be offside were the referee and his assistant. When play “resumed”, Melvin Minter in the Harrow goal was quickest to react and the best that Folkes could manage was a shot straight into the body of the ‘keeper as Minter was quickly off his line to close things down. The Terrors retained the initiative for the next 10 minutes and their were further good opportunities for Jordan Wilson and Chace O’Neill as Tooting passed their way through the Harrow back line only for the athletic Minter to keep them at bay with two great saves low down to his right.
Against the run of play at the time, Harrow took the lead on 11 minutes as Tooting’s defence failed to close down Kurtis Cumberbatch, whose out swinging, long range effort from outside the box hit the back of the net. Tooting’s control on the game then appeared to ebb away and their forays forward were reduced to over hit long balls over the top, or passes through the middle that failed to find their target. As the half progressed, the home side began to get more into the game but fortunately for the Terrors they were unable to add to the score.
As the second half progressed, Tooting slowly but surely upped their work rate and despite being a goal down, began to control proceedings, with Jordan Wilson and Chace O’Neill looking to threaten and create something every time they picked up the ball. Their efforts finally paid off in the 69th minute when Dominic Morgan-Griffiths worked some space for himself on the edge of the box before letting fly with a right footed effort into the top corner of the goal which even Minter was unable to keep out.
Tooting turned up the pressure in the final 15 minutes as they went for the win but it was not to be. Jordan Wilson had a great effort saved by Minter and although he was first to react to the rebound, he was only able to find the side netting from a very acute angle. In the final minute another effort from Jordan Wilson was kept out as a defender on the goal line somehow managed to get his leg in the way of the ball to deflect it out for a corner.