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Haringey Borough fight back for Basildon United win
2:10pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in Spurs
Haringey Borough struck twice in the last 20 minutes to earn a 2-1 win at Basildon United in the Essex Senior League.
Haringey enjoyed the greater share of possession in the first half on Saturday but wasted many half chances they created. Anthony McDonald gave the home defence a hard time down the left but could not force the ball home and chances set up for others were also spurned.
Dean Fenton blasted high over from a position close in and central defender Charles Douse – always a threat at set-pieces – worked space for himself at a corner but sent his free header just over the bar. Basildon created few dangerous chances in open play but might well have taken the lead with a free header from a corner.
The home side struck first against the run of play when Remi Sutton’s ferociously struck free-kick from 30 yards out ended up in the far corner even though keeper Ashley Harris managed to get both hands on it. The second half was dominated throughout by Boro after Basildon had wasted a decent opportunity when Greg Aptee fired wide of the post.
Haringey looked in danger of leaving empty handed until McDonald slotted home an equaliser in the 70th minute as he closed in from the right. But it took a penalty a few minutes later to secure the spoils.
It is debatable if Fenton would have got his head to McDonald’s cross from the left had he not been so blatantly pushed in the back that the referee had no option but to award the spot kick. Cedric Lakole blasted the penalty home even though Steve Brown dived the right way. Borough looked comfortable throughout the remainder of the proceedings with the home side unable to produce anything to give Harris any concern.
The hosts started the game ahead of Boro in the table and remain there despite losing although they are now only two points above them.
Haringey face a trip to league rivals Tower Hamlets in the first round of the FA Vase tomorrow [Saturday].
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