Harpenden Town smash Crawley Green’s unbeaten home record

Harry Hunt scored one and Jimmy Hill the other as Harpenden Town beat Crawley Green. Picture: DANNY

Harry Hunt scored one and Jimmy Hill the other as Harpenden Town beat Crawley Green. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

Harpenden Town produced a stunning away performance to beat Crawley Green – ending the second-placed side’s unblemished home record in the process.

The Luton-based side had won the previous 13 league fixtures at their own ground before Harpenden’s hot-shot strike duo Harry Hunt and Jimmy Hill got the goals that keep Town’s own slim promotion hopes alive.

The aim now though is a place in the FA Cup next season, which will be achieved if Harpenden secure fourth place in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One.

They are currently fifth, but do have games in hand over some of the teams above them.

The first half on Saturday was competitive but goalless with barely a shot on target.

Harpenden raised their game after half time and both Matt Sutton and Charlie Gould went close in the first ten minutes, each time Dean Bull in the Crawley goal was up to the task.

However he was powerless to prevent Town from taking the lead on 65 minutes.

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Tony Golder’s perfect through ball found Hill on the right side of the box.

He beat his marker and blasted in a rocket of a low cross which Hunt diverted into the net.

New signing from London Colney, Charlie May, made a couple of excellent diving saves to deny Crawley Green an equaliser but they were soon two-down.

Another well judged long ball saw both Hunt and Hill charging forward to get on the end of it.

Hill won the race, getting ahead of the last defender too, to toe-poked the ball into the corner.

Manager Danny Plumb said: “This was a great result and proves we can beat any team in the league on our day.

“Tony Golder, the captain, made the first goal with a superb through ball and I was delighted to see our new keeper Charlie May keep a clean sheet on his debut.

“I am excited to see how we end the season with this form.”

Codicote supply the next opposition at Rothamsted Park tomorrow night (Tuesday) before Harpenden head to league leaders Edgware Town on Saturday.