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Haringey Borough avenge FA Vase defeat against Hadley
12:13pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in Local Sport
Haringey Borough edged to a 2-1 home win over Hadley in the South Midlands Premier Division.
It was a welcome win against a team which dumped them out of the FA Vase three weeks ago.
Hadley took the lead with their first shot of the game. A low drive by Nick Chrysanthou from the edge of the area appeared likely to miss the target but Boro keeper Erbil Bozkurt was caught out by a wicked deflection as it flew into the corner of the net.
The hosts shrugged off this reverse and dominated the remainder of the half in terms of possession. With an unusual lineup placing Dewayne Clarke as the lone forward they were unable to give visiting keeper Russell Garland any serious problems.
There was a touch of good fortune about Boro’s 36th minute equaliser from the spot.
The clumsy challenge which floored Roland Namquita, as he was running away from goal in the hope of retrieving a corner from the opposite side, was completely unnecessary.
With usual penalty taker Richard Worrell still on the bench, Joe O’Cearuill took the responsibility and made no mistake with his low drive well beyond the keeper’s left hand. But there was nothing lucky about the ir next goal in the 44th minute.
Recent signing Patou Katshenge, making his first start for the club, rocketed a 35-yard free-kick high inside Garland’s right hand post. Despite being behind Hadley did not immediately step up the pressure in the second half and Boro continued to enjoy plenty of possession but again without unduly testing Garland.
Katshenge had another free-kick opportunity, from closer range, but this time tried to blast it through rather than past the wall.
In the last 20 minutes Hadley did raise their game and Boro allowed themselves to be forced further and further back to defend and made few threatening advances of their own on Garland’s goal.
But, fortunately, Hadley’s fluid approach play and incisive finishing, with which Borough had been unable to cope in the Vase game, was not in such regular evidence.
The visitors had one last chance late on from a free-kick but the wall held firm and Haringey gained revenge for their recent cup defeat.
The win moved them up to eighth in the table.
Haringey entertain Holmer Green in the league this weekend.