Saturday 24th September 2022
Central Midlands League Buckingham Insurance League Cup 1st Round
HARWORTH COLLIERY (1)3 BAKEWELL TOWN (3)4
This was a cracking cup tie with promoted Bakewell deserving to weather the late Harworth storm and go through against last season’s semi-finalists.
Harworth opened strongly and Jason Kearsley’s fifth minute shot was only narrowly wide. Even at this stage of the contest it was end to end with the visitors replying with Alex Moth’s 25-yard shot just a foot or so too high.
Bakewell threatened the lead as early as the ninth minute when Moth set up Harrison Watson for a low shot across goal which beat Bayley Lowe and came back into play off the base of an upright.
Louie Davies was the next to try his luck but his volley found home skipper Sam Flower perfectly positioned on the line to clear.
The visitors took a 23rd minute lead with a half volley which dipped violently at the last minute from BEN BROWN on the edge of the penalty area resulting from an half cleared corner.
Harworth were having as much of the game as Bakewell, but it was the visitors, with wind advantage, who were looking more dangerous in front of goal. A free kick from Louie Davis almost crept in to increase the lead on 29 minutes, and five minutes later a piledriver from James Bean was touched over the bar by Bayley Lowe. And from the subsequent flag kick AARON MAUND was left totally unmarked on the edge of the six yard box to powerfully head Bakewell into a two goal advantage.
Harworth immediately hit back and reduced the arrears with a clever header from HARRY DUNBAR following a free kick on 36 minutes, and then Bakewell threatened again with Lowe saving brilliantly from Kearsley who had been played clear of the home defence.
There were four minutes of the first half left when Bakewell won another corner, again on the left, and AARON MAUND repeated his 34th minute act by once again heading powerfully into the net from an unmarked position in front of goal.
Harworth Colliery 1 Bakewell Town 3
If the first half had been breathtaking, the second half was pulsating. Harworth replaced scorer Dunbar with big Rio Allen up front to take advantage of the wind, but it seemed that the elements were not so favourable in this second period to the home side as they were in the first half to Bakewell.
Indeed a clever break between Moth and Davies almost lead to the North Derbyshire side increasing their advantage.
But it was the Colliery who were putting on the pressure and substitute Allen’s clever 65th minute dink over Bakewell custodian Thomas Crapper looked like reducing the arrears once again until Brown got back to clear the ball off the line.
Three minutes later Allen, who had made a big difference to the home attack since his interval introduction to the game, saw his low shot beat everyone and graze the wrong side of an upright.
Crapper parried an Allen free kick but recovered to grab the ball on 72 minutes but a minute later Bakewell went 4-1 in front when Davies’ break and pass saw ALEX MOTH seem to delay for an age before hitting a reverse low cross shot in the corner of the net.
Harworth returned to throwing everything forward and Jordan Timmons shot over the bar from a good chance following a half cleared corner. It was a free kick around 25 yards out and to the right of goal which eventually gave Harworth a way back into this game. RIO ALLEN hitting the ball perfectly around the visitors wall and into the far top corner with twelve minutes left.
Bakewell were standing up well to the pressure and the game was on a knife edge with excitement.
Nine minutes to go and Harworth were awarded another free kick in a similar position to the previous one. This time RIO ALLEN hit the ball through the Bakewell wall and almost through unsighted goalkeeper Crapper as well to bring the home side within one goal of a penalty shootout.
Bakewell hit back and Moth put Maund in but he delayed his shot and Lowe saved.
And there was drama right at the end with Lowe beating out a shot from Davies at one end and Crapper parrying an Allen shot at the other end back to the striker who had worked himself clear only to clip the ball over the bar.
A cracking game brilliantly refereed by Ryan Kelly.
Harworth Colliery 3 Bakewell Town 4