Hanwell Town knocked out of the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup after an eight-goal thriller

By Joe Acklam

23rd Nov 2022 | Football

Defeat in the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup means it is six straight losses for the Geordies. Photo: Hanwell Town.
Defeat in the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup means it is six straight losses for the Geordies. Photo: Hanwell Town.

Hanwell Town lost their sixth straight match 5-3 against Harrow Borough in a cracker in the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup. 

It was only one each at half-time as Johnny Allotey's shot bounced over the Hanwell 'keeper before Sean Moore quickly equalised on his debut. 

The second half saw a flurry of goals, with Connor Lynch and Dan Carr both bagging for the Geordies, but a George Moore brace and goals for Great Evans and Montel Brown saw Harrow into the next round. 

Yet another defeat means the malaise at the Powerday Stadium keeps going and sends Hanwell out of the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup at the second-round stage. 

It was a quick start and after ten minutes Harrow took the lead when Allotey came in off the left and let fly, the ball bounced over Joshua Strizovic and into the net. 

Hanwell were not behind for long as Mark Waters put a cross into the middle and found debutant Moore to head powerfully into the bottom right-hand corner. 

Shortly before half-time Hanwell almost took the lead after Moore was brought down on the edge of the area, Carr stepped up and curled the ball over the wall, but narrowly over the crossbar as well. 

The game went off in the second half as just before the hour mark a tantalising ball was played across the face of Charlie Taylor's goal and found the sliding Lynch to turn it home. 

The lead lasted all of ten minutes as Moore found himself in space outside the box and decided to try his luck and his fiercely dipping shot deceived Strizovic and dropped into the net. 

Almost straight from the kick-off the Geordies went up the Borough end and a fine move ended with a ball swung into Carr to smash into the roof of the net. 

The jubilance of being ahead in a game only lasted five minutes as once again Evans got an opportunity and took it to get his second of the match and level it up at 3-3. 

Two minutes later Harrow retook the lead as Evans made a fine run in behind the Hanwell back line and was picked out with a perfect slide rule pass to send him through one-on-one with Strizovic and he finished with aplomb. 

Borough were not done and on 80 minutes they made it five when Brown was found in the middle and he blasted it with such power into the roof of the net that Strizovic would barely have seen it as the ball flew beyond him. 

Hanwell had a root back into this never-ending rollercoaster as Kain Adom was brought down in the box in stoppage time, and having won the penalty he stood up to take it only for Taylor to guess right and tip it wide of the post. 


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