Har­rold’s strike sees Sarll lose first game

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ross Marti­novic

DAR­REN Sarll was left won­der­ing what if as he was de­nied a fairy­tale start to life as Steve­nage care­taker man­ager as Matt Har­rold’s strike se­cured Craw­ley Town’s first away vic­tory since Oc­to­ber.

Har­rold fired in the de­ci­sive goal a minute be­fore the break af­ter Roarie Dea­con found space on the left and cen­tred for the striker to net his sixth of the sea­son.

Steve­nage saw the lion’s share of the ball in the sec­ond half but couldn’t force a way through, leav­ing the strug­glers with­out a win in nine matches and Sarll de­jected af­ter tak­ing the reins fol­low­ing Teddy Sher­ing­ham’s sack­ing.

“It was the most frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon,” Sarll said.“I thought the game was frus­trat­ing on the whole, but in the first half we were very com­fort­able.

“I thought maybe we could have opened up a bit more and had a bit more of a go of­fen­sively, but I was quite con­tent at 30 min­utes and then to con­cede the goal just be­fore half-time changes the com­plex­ion of things.

“We need to im­prove and I think it’s im­por­tant we un­der­stand that.

“We have to be bet­ter. No dis­re­spect to Craw­ley, but Craw­ley have got to come to the Lamex and be beaten.

“We’re very, very dis­ap­pointed.”

Prior to Har­rold’s win­ner, Gwion Edwards wasted Craw­ley’s best chance when he struck Bob­son Bawl­ing’s cut­back straight at Jamie Jones, while Pat Hoban’s first-time shot forced Paul Jones into a smart save at the other end.

Both teams nearly grabbed goals in the first two min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod, as Edwards nod­ded a close-range header wide be­fore Jon Ashton al­most turned Ronnie Henry’s cross into his own net.

Tom Pett then blasted a golden op­por­tu­nity off tar­get as Craw­ley sat back, and Char­lie Lee’s near-post flick from a cor­ner was deemed not to have crossed the line de­spite des­per­ate home ap­peals.

Craw­ley Town man­ager Mark Yates said: “The con­fi­dence that the play­ers will get from that win will be mas­sive. “It was all about the team here. It was all about the per­for­mance to get a re­sult, not play­ing silky, flow­ing foot­ball – the con­di­tions didn’t al­low that.

“I think we prob­a­bly just played the con­di­tions a lit­tle bit bet­ter than them.

“Ev­ery sin­gle player goes out there and 99 times out of 100 has given me ev­ery­thing they’ve got.

“We’ve fallen short a cou­ple of times for qual­ity but none of them mean it, and this shows that when we set out to do a job and go about it in the right way, we can win games of foot­ball.”

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