Wasteful Lewes have to settle for a point as chances go begging in Harrow

Sam Crabb was on target
Sam Crabb was on target

Lewes were left rueing missed chances as they left Harrow Borough with a point.

For the opening half an hour or so, you’d have wagered the family’s Christmas presents on Lewes leaving West London with all three points

Sam Crabb had a near monopoly on the first-half opportunities. He slammed a long-distance strike high and wide in the opening minutes, before placing a free header over the bar.

He made no mistake at the third time of asking, however. Leroy Griffiths flicked on a cross from the left-hand side, straight onto the toes of the advancing wing-back, who tucked it home from a tight angle.

The Harrow defence were slow on the uptake, and Crabb could have doubled the lead moments later, as he was presented with an identical chance but could find only the side-netting.

The traffic was so one-way we were waiting for the council to turn up with blue signs bearing white arrows, when the game suddenly swung. Harrow broke down the left and whipped a ball into the box, Banks hesitated, and Greg Ngoyi escaped his markers to plant a header into the net with Harrow’s first chance from open play. The goal seemed to drain Lewes of their early confidence, and thereafter the match descended into a scrappy affair with chances at either end. Banks atoned for his earlier error with several great saves in the second half, none better than the one moments into part two, when Harold Odametey breezed past the Lewes defence but couldn’t convert his one-on-one showdown with Banks.

Lewes had opportunities to make off with the points, too. Sam Crabb and Ollie Rowe both passed up great opportunities to square a ball to an unmarked colleague, and substitute Luke Blewden blazed a presentable opportunity over the bar. Garry Wilson sacrificed Jordan Badger for Nathan Crabb in the final minutes as Lewes pushed for the winner, but they had to settle for a point after Wheeler had an effort which landed harmlessly in the car park.