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Harlow Town 2 Dorking Wanderers 2
Posted: 10th October 2017
VALUABLE POINT ON THE ROAD
Wanderers paid their first ever visit to the Harlow Sports Arena, in a fixture that put them against a team who have been struggling this season with just two wins. After the euphoria of the brilliant comeback against Merstham the previous Saturday, hopes were high. However, the reality of Dorking’s selection headache gave manager Marc White plenty to think about. Matt Briggs began the first of his three match ban, and injuries are still plaguing the team. Ben Dyett is out again, with Gareth Chendlik joining the injury list. Luke Moore is still missing, and they have Slav Huk recuperating and new signing Josh Pelling struggling to get fit. With this in mind, White brought in young Ryan Lunn from the Development Team to bolster the squad following his fine hat-trick at the weekend versus Erith & Belvedere.
The game started with a few chances going to both teams but nothing clear cut until a poor clearance gave Harlow the opening to get the first goal of the game, with a low shot from Jared Small that keeper Harry Palmer let slip in by his near post. Harlow gained some confidence after opening the scoring and had a couple more chances which they put high and wide.
Wanderers launched some quick counter attacks, with a sharp looking Tom Tolfrey giving the home defence problems. He was instrumental with an assist for Giuseppe Sole to grab an equaliser after 33 minutes with his first goal of the season.
The second half was similar with Wanderers playing the better football but again going behind when Reece Dobson scored on 69 minutes. Sam Beard and Robb Sheridan came on to replace Sol Pinnock and Tommy Summerfield as Marc sought to make a breakthrough.
Tolfrey was still causing problems, with James McShane creating openings for him with some fine passing . This led to Dorking’s equaliser with a great cross in from Tolfrey to provide Dan Pearse with a vital goal for Wanderers.
Isaac Philpott replaced Giuseppe Sole late on and despite some pressure Harlow’s finishing was poor and the game finished with honours even.
Manager Marc White was fairly satisfied with the point. He said, “With our limited options on player availability, a point on the road is satisfactory although I feel we could have nicked it having had the better chances. There are plus points with the form of Tom Tolfrey and Giuseppe scoring his first goal. We can now look forward to the challenge of Leiston visiting Westhumble on Saturday”