2s end season with ill-tempered Lancing defeat

14 Apr 2019

The OHAFC 2nd XI ended their 2018/19 season in rather bizarre fashion, suffering a last-gasp 5-4 defeat to Lancing 2s on the Harrow astroturf. What should have been an enjoyable end-of-season run-out, turned into an ill-tempered battle, as the visitors, desperate to win to salvage any hope of preserving their Division Two status, resorted to a number of crude challenges on the Harrow side. Several Lancing players were booked for their troubles, although thankfully no Harrovian suffered any serious injury. This unpleasant approach ulitmately proved in vain as Merchant Taylors' narrow defeat to KCS Wimbledon ensured Lancing were relegated anyway.

It was a disappointing way for the Blues to end their season, in several ways. Having fought back from 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 down to level at 4-4 with just under half an hour to go, the hosts looked set to kick on and claim a deserved victory.

But the last half-hour was dominated by the continuing efforts of the visitors to stop their opponents by any means necessary, culminating in a dreadful challenge on debutant Toby Gould with just five minutes remaining. The youngster limped off the pitch in some pain, several Harrovian supporters expressing their disgust at the 'tackle'.

Disappointingly, the visitors managed to snatch the win a minute from time, the ball being bundled in via a number of deflections.

The two sides shook hands at the final whistle, although it's safe to say few Harrow tears will be shed at the demise of their opponents and the fact they will not be facing them again next season. The OHAFC were guaranteed to remain in sixth in the Division Two table regardless of the result and end the season with 22 points from their 18 games - 2 positions and 5 points better off compared to last season.

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