Harborough pick up vital points in relegation battle

Another hard-fought relegation battle and another vital three points gained for Harborough Town. .

Their bid for Premier Division survival was aided with a 2-1 win over Blackstones which saw them jump to seventeenth position in the table.

Blackstones to their credit put up a determined performance despite having a depleted squad and having played only two days earlier when they were well beaten at home by S&L.

The first half was a tense affair with both sides sharing equal possession and few chances created, perhaps the best falling to Danny Wright who failed to score when through against the Blackstones keeper, his shot parried away when it looked likely he would score.

The game sparked to life in the second half, Harbororugh upped their game and piled on the pressure, they got their reward after 54 minutes when after an almighty scramble in the box following a corner, Taras Petranyuk drove the ball home to give them the lead.

However this was short lived as Blackstones responded immediately by going up the other end of the pitch and scoring through Sam Strange who`s volley went in off the post giving Harborough keeper Luke Maher no chance.

The game was set up for a thrilling finish and the home supporters were not disappointed, Harborough sensed a win and attacked at every opportunity. Skipper Alex Mc Millan was given the ball on the edge of the penalty area and he jinked his way around several defenders before being brought down right on the by line as he was about to cross the ball, referee Brian O`Sullivan had no hesitation awarding the penalty.

The young Taras Petranyuk stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick and made no mistake beating the visiting keeper with a shot low to the right hand corner of the goal. Harborough held the lead for the remaining ten minutes and thoroughly deserved the spoils from a very edgy game which could possibly be the turning point of their season.