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Harrowby United beat Newark Town in the United Counties League Division One play-off final





Harrowby United capped a remarkable seven days by clinching promotion after winning the United Counties League Division One play-off final on Saturday.

The Arrows were 2-1 away winners at much-fancied Newark Town as their fine end-of-season form continued in the most important game of their campaign.

After beating favourites Clipstone last week, Harrowby went into the game quietly confident that they could upset another one of the big boys in the final.

Harrowby celebrate their win. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper
Harrowby celebrate their win. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper

They were roared on by a tremendous travelling support of around 300 Harrowby fans which helped swell the crowd to nearly 1,000.

Manager Jamie McGhee went with the same line-up that dispatched Clipstone the week before. The only change to the squad was Richard Kankam coming in for Mathias Amponsem on the bench.

Newark were dealt a blow before the game when goalkeeper Theo Avery was ruled out through injury with Ed Cooper coming in to replace him.

Harrowby celebrate their win. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper
Harrowby celebrate their win. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper

Former Harrowby players Alex Hales and Luke Andersen started for Newark while Town old boys Jesse Anderson and Elliot King both lined up against their ex-club which added extra spice to the game.

The Arrows kicked off but it was Newark who started the better with Sam Wright looking particularly dangerous on the left.

Newark had a shout for an early penalty as Wright went down under a Lewis Marsh challenge but the referee waved play on.

Match action from Harrowby's play-off final win at Newark Town. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper
Match action from Harrowby's play-off final win at Newark Town. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper

However, minutes later, the referee did point to the spot as Newark skipper Lewis Chambers went down under a John Smith challenge.

Chambers himself stepped up to take the penalty but blazed it over the Harrowby bar.

This seemed to bring Harrowby to life and Marsh and King both had chances for the Arrows.

Match action from Harrowby's play-off final win at Newark Town. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper
Match action from Harrowby's play-off final win at Newark Town. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper

The rest of the half was a cagey affair with both teams looking nervous and trying not to make a mistake.

As the half wore on, Smith started to get more joy down Newark's right hand side and, from their best passage of play, Harrowby broke the deadlock.

Jack Gurney, Liam Harper and Smith linked up to release Anderson and his low cross was brilliantly headed home by top scorer Harry Allcock just before half-time to give the Arrows a precious lead at the break.

Lewis Chambers put his penalty over the crossbar. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper
Lewis Chambers put his penalty over the crossbar. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper

The second half kicked off with a more open feel to the game as Newark searched for the equaliser.

George Aspin had a couple of free-kicks but Jake Frestle in the Arrows goal dealt with everything that came his way.

Harrowby got the all-important second goal six minutes after the break and again it was down to Allcock's tireless running as he pinched the ball off Sam Bartle on the left-hand side before running across the box and firing an unstoppable shot into the top of the net.

Match action from Harrowby's play-off final win at Newark Town. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper
Match action from Harrowby's play-off final win at Newark Town. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper

Harrowby were now looking to protect their lead with Tom Harris and Smith doing sterling work on both flanks and their tireless running was a feature of the game.

With Newark now chasing the game and substitutes being made, King and Gurney both had chances to finish the game off.

Newark got a lifeline five minutes from time as Aspin got free down the right and crossed for Ryan Smith to head home.

Elliot King goes up for a header. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper
Elliot King goes up for a header. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper
Two-goal Harry Allcock with the play-off final trophy. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper
Two-goal Harry Allcock with the play-off final trophy. Photo: Steve Nesbitt @lincssnapper

It to set up a nervy finish as Newark put ball after ball into the Harrowby box, but Harrison Dee, Marsh and Kemal Yeniberitz, who were all outstanding, stood firm to seal an amazing win for the Arrows and promotion to the Premier Division North.

The scenes at the end of the game were amazing with the players and staff celebrating with the massive following from Harrowby.

Skipper Gurney picked up the winner's trophy and the celebrations began after a great season for the Arrows with so much hard work on and off the pitch to get to this point.

The club would like to give a special mention to the travelling support this season which has been nothing short of remarkable.



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