Denaby Utd – Great Harwood 3, Denaby United 2 – Unlucky Denaby Fritter Away England Chances

17 January 1970

South Yorkshire Times January 17, 1970

FA Challenge Trophy

Unlucky Denaby Fritter Away England Chances

Great Harwood 3, Denaby United 2

Denaby United can consider themselves unlucky to be out of the F.A. Challenge Trophy competition.

Indeed, they were completely out of luck in a great way at Great Harwood on Wednesday, particularly when Whitehead hit the bar with a tremendous 35 yard shot, and then in the second half when `Tosh’ England played on a number of clear cut chances which his colleagues scorned.

Harwood went ahead in the second minute. Wing half, Freeman, saw his first shot blocked by goal keeper Whitehead and his second attempt hit the foot of the post before centre half McDowell finally found the net.

Morley equalised after 12 minutes from a perfect cross by Sapey and then after play had been confined to the midfield mud, Whitehead cracked a tremendous shot against the Harwood cross bars with goalkeeper Jones well beaten.

Amends after Missed Penalty

Harwood were awarded a penalty after 35 minutes when Wiggles handled a close range shot, but the joyful Denaby supporters saw Hope hit the bar.

Two minutes later the same player put the home aide into the lead with a well taken effort from an acute angle.

Just on half time, Bennett hit the equaliser from the edge of the box after a poor clearance went straight to his feet. ‘Tosh’ England had a tremendous second half giving the home full back Jackson the roasting of his young life, but his crosses either went to Harwood defenders or were wasted by his anxious teammates.

Final Assault

The winning goal came after 70 minutes when former England International Bryan Douglas a called for a Quick free kick in the Denaby area and slid the ball past the astonished Whitehead. A final assault on the Great Harwood goal saw Allen and Sapey shoot wide when they should have done better.