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Haringey Borough off to decent start after Takeley draw
3:02pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
Haringey Borough picked up four points from the opening week of their season in the Essex Senior League after a 2-2 draw at Takeley on Tuesday night.
Tom Loizou’s side began the campaign with a 2-1 home win over Eton Manor on Saturday.
The match started with a minute’s silence for Johnny Flynn. Boro’s popular gateman, who served at the club for more than 30 years, died on Sunday following illness.
Boro’s first away game got off to a poor start when they conceded a penalty after four minutes for a handball by Nick Nicou. But Austin Byfield pulled off a superb save to keep the score level.
It was no great surprise when Takeley, who finished third last season, took the lead midway through the half when a deceptive cross swerved inside the far post.
But the visitors grabbed an equaliser within ten minutes when Anthony McDonald cut in from the left and struck an unstoppable effort into the net.
The second half started evenly with both sides creating chances but Boro suffered a blow when Byfield fell heavily as he collected a high ball and had to be replaced by Erbil Bozkurt.
Haringey took the lead for the first time, midway through the half, when Darrell Cox swivelled on the edge of the area before drilling his shot low into the corner.
Ten minutes after Cox’s goal, Takeley were awarded another penalty when Daniel Gudgeon was ruled to have fouled an opponent. The hosts made no mistake this time to level the contest and earn a point.
Borough got off to a slow start in their opener against Eton Manor at the weekend.
The visitors deservedly took the lead when Kevin Bandjangi flicked the ball home from close range in the 28th minute.
This goal spurred Borough into life and they started to make regular inroads into the Manor defence.
Lawrence Constanti received the ball when he was unmarked in front of goal but screwed his shot wide of the far post. But Dean Fenton took advantage of a similar opportunity as he sent a fierce strike into the far top corner beyond the reach of keeper Simon Gallagher in the 31st minute. Ten minutes later, a similar build-up enabled McDonald to score the winner as his shot swerved beyond the reach of Gallagher.
Boro dominated proceedings in the second half creating numerous opportunities but Gallagher kept the visitors in the contest.
New signing Gudgeon formed a solid defensive partnership with Nicou and the hosts never looked to be in serious danger of conceding the slender advantage. Haringey start their FA Cup campaign tomorrow (Saturday) with a home game against Rushden & Higham United.
The side follow this up by travelling to Barking for their Essex Senior League Cup tie on Tuesday night, unless their is an FA Cup replay which would force it to be postponed.
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