Written by: Leigh @beakster99
We host Harlow Town FC in the penultimate home game of the season. With victory obtained over Margate FC on Saturday, a win versus the Hawks will secure the title and bring National South League fixtures to the AGP next season.
Having seen this fixture re-scheduled, Harlow Town come to the AGPArena in good form, backed by four wins and one draw in the last six. The visitors’ league status in the Bostik Premier was confirmed after the victory versus Brightlingsea 10 days ago. Hawks’ form away home is markedly inferior to that shown at the Harlow Arena. To date, Harlow Town has the lowest away points total (11) in the League. Safety has been obtained by mid-table form at home (36 points).
After promotion in 2015/16, Harlow enjoyed an impressive first season, finishing 10th with 69 points. This year, however, has proved more challenging as they sit sit 21st in the table. Harlow Town should not be taken lightly as Manager, Danny Chapman, has shuffled the pack successfully to revive the fortunes of the team. Since we last played Harlow in January, new arrivals in defence, including several astute loan signings, have improved the side.
Chief Harlow dangerman for Blues to contend with will be prolific marksman, Alex Read. Although the league goals return is lower this year (19), he remains a potent threat. Whilst Read has had to play wide left in recent months, the recall last week of Cambridge United hit-man, Matt Foy, should see him play centrally. We also like left back, Christian Scales, who is on loan from Leyton Orient. He launches attacks, is a lively runner that overlaps, and has good left foot delivery. With Sam Clarke and Josh Pollard established in central defence, Harlow Town are harder to break down and have three clean sheets in last four matches.
With a title to secure and a bumper crowd to entertain, Blues should field a similar line-up to what we saw at Margate. With Harlow representing the fourth game in a week, there may be potential to rotate in Cunnington, Evans, & Wheeler into the starting line-up. Liam Hughes has impressed off the bench in recent weeks and it is likely that Blues will look to him at some stage on Tuesday.
All that remains is for all Blues fans to come along to the game on Tuesday, cheer on the lads, and take the opportunity to be present at a significant moment in the club’s history. Harlow will want to spoil the party so expect a tight game.
FORM Last Six League Matches
BTFC: W, W, W, D, W, D
HTFC: W, D, W, L, W, W