Drama in Town’s final home game

Michael Davies chases a loose ball

Michael Davies chases a loose ball - Credit: Archant

Harpenden Town’s final home match was an entertaining and eventful one with four penalties awarded, two red cards and Southall finishing the game with eight men.

The game kicked off with Harpenden playing the more controlled football and Southall matching them with their energy and vigour.

The first of four penalties was awarded to Southall but hey were thwarted by an excellent save by Matt Lord. Southall then had the ball in the back of the net but it was disallowed for offside.

Harpenden were then awarded a spot kick only to see the decision overturned when it was ruled that the ball had already gone out of play.

Harpenden were awarded another penalty for an offence in the chaos caused in the Southall defence after Harry Hunt had hit the post from a free-kick from just outside the box. Hunt stepped up to coolly slot the penalty home.

Stu Henderson was then denied by Southall’s goalkeeper, who went on to have a fine game, denying the Harpenden forwards a number of times in the match.

The visitors then had the first of their players sent off just before half time when he kicked Hunt in front of the referee.

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Ben Warren scored at the beginning of the second half when he intercepted a pass near the halfway line and ran through the defence to calmly slot the ball past the keeper.

Southall were then reduced to nine men, all but killing off the match.

The third and best goal of the game came from a delightful Ben Warren cross from the right, which was beautifully finished by Harry Hunt who stretched with the outside of his right boot.

With their numerical advantage Harpenden continued to create chances but it they were only able to add to the score when Tom Colin ran through the middle and slotted the ball into the back of the net.

There was still time for Harpenden to be awarded another penalty which was saved and for Southall to be reduced to eight men when one of their players went off with injury and they had used all of their substitutions.

travel to Amersham Town this Saturday for their final game looking for another good performance which has seen them only lose twice in 2014, both times to teams in the top three positions