1s fight back to earn draw with Tonbridgians

20 Jan 2020

The OHAFC 1st XI produced a superb second-half comeback to earn a creditable 4-4 draw at home to the Old Tonbridgians on Saturday.

In beautiful conditions on the Harrow School astroturf, the visitors took the lead against the run of play and things looked bleak for the Blues when a second Tonbridge goal doubled the lead prior to the break.

But a minor tactical switch saw a major change in fortune for both teams at the start of the second half, with the OHAFC all over their opponents. Chief tormentor, as usual, was James Breeden and he wasted little time in turning the game around. A neat finish inside the far post halved the deficit, before an audacious hooked volley looped over the Tonbridge keeper from an acute angle to level the score at 2-2. Harrow continued to press and, despite Tonbridge pleas for offside, Breeden completed his hat-trick with another superb finish from the edge of the box.

The lead lasted barely a couple of minutes however, as a Tonbridge midfielder spotted Fraser McGuinness slightly off his line and produced a superb long-range effort from 40 yards out to bring the sides level again.

Once more the hosts clawed themselves back in front, substitute George Gould exchanging passes with James Breeden inside the box before flicking the ball over the keeper into the far corner.

But with victory in sight, the hosts were denied a valuable win when Hamish MacIntyre brought down a Tonbridgian inside the box and the penalty was duly dispatched.

Saturday's team lineup and match report are now available in the results section here.