Hasell, Akers, Taylor, Chapman, Miles, Kirby, Lalite, Davis, Bunn, Fowler, Williams, Subs various
Both teams began positively in the heat with Bryan Hammatt shooting wide. Paul Campbell was brought down in the box. Penalty - Rudi Hall stepped up and hit a rocket which was saved well by James Hasell. In the process of making the save James Hasell dislocated his finger. Steve Velandia had a shot saved. At the other end Charlie Hasler saved. Town were playing some lovely passing football with only the finish missing. Steve Velandia had a shot saved; James Hasell goes off and is replaced by a Michael Denolou? Harlow appeared worried about their reserve keeper so what did town do? Go deeper and let Harlow dictate the game plan. At the back Kevin Stephens tackled back good and cleanly. Bryan Hammatt had a one on one with the new keeper to make a one handed stop. A Steve Velandia shot was gathered well. At the other end Charlie Hasler saved well and again. Dean Williams hit a cracking shot across the goal for no Harlow players to connect with. Rudi Hall and Jordan Fowler were both booked for a handbags event. Steve Velandia had another shot saved. So some good play in the first half but not decisive finishes from town.
Second half Harlow town came out to win. Town stayed in the dressing room mentally. On 51 minutes Leon Lalite launched a shot to the top corner 1 – 0. Nice goal - difficult to keep out. Charlie Hasler saved again. Stephens, Campbell and Edmunds off Jones, ? and Crace on. Hasler saved well in a diving save to at full stretch to palm the ball round his post. Velandia off and Lyon on? Jonah booked for what looked like a two footed tackle. A town defensive mistake gifted Harlow another goal 2 – 0. Ricci Crace had a half shot saved. Suddenly from not being in the game at this point ETFC discovered the wings and started getting ball to the strikers. Jamie Nay crossing for Ricci Crace to miss an open goal. Oh to wish he was fit and he would not have missed that sitter.
So it is never really a friendly with Harlow Town.
Some town fans were not happy with the performance today and voiced their disapproval. For my part I felt having spanked Harlow Town twice last season they wanted this more than we did and we still looked unfit. JC in my view should not have been experimenting as much as he still was in this the last preseason game. Too many changes and if he can read anything into what he saw performance wise I'm delighted for him but it wasn't much for the fans to cheer on again! The season starts next week lads and be assured if you don't start playing how we all know you can the fans will let you know it.