Harps snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

Harpenden M1 2

Harpenden M1 2

Letchworth G.C. M1 4

Keen to kick their season, Harpenden started their game with Letchworth with some enterprising attacking play.

But once again Harpenden could not capitalise on good attacking positions, or convert possession into goals.

Momentary lapses in concentration and isolated individual errors cost Harpenden dearly, as they leaked two cheap goals against the run of play.

Despite these frustrations Harpenden pushed on, and eventually a penetrating through ball from Bains found McLean in the D. The LGC defence backed off allowing McLean the time and space to turn and shoot and he dispatched it with aplomb into the corner of the goal.

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With the door pushed ajar, Harpenden set about the second half determined to get back in the game.

Another scintillating passage of play in the midfield released the right winger into space to centre the ball to the fast approaching Falk, who managed to dispatch the ball into the goal to level the game.

At two a piece the white shirts surged forward to find the win, but regrettable their brave efforts resulted in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

A fast break LGC attack culminated in a reverse stick shot, which was misjudged by the Harpenden keeper, and crept in at the far post.

At 3-2 down the whites pressed hard for an equaliser, which in turn left gaps at the back which LGC cruelly exploited in the dying moment with a well executed short corner to take the game beyond Harpenden.

The men welcome Long Sutton to Woollams this Saturday, push back is 12.30pm.

* Harpenden Ladies also lost to Letchworth GC, going down 6-2. Natalie Barton and Carly Watson scored Harp’s goals.