Harlow Town manager Danny Chapman insists that it is all about getting points on the table. The Hawks moved up to 7th after a 2-1 victory against local rivals Waltham Abbey on Saturday and will be looking for the same outcome when they face Thamesmead Town tomorrow night.
- League Record – P24 W13 D6 L5 F43 A26
- Home Form – P13 W9 D3 L1
- 66% of their points come at home
- Only defeat at home came to AFC Sudbury (1-2) in December
Chapman spoke to the clubs official website “in the first half we were by far the better side, went 2-0 up and looked reasonably good. Second half, I wouldn’t say they were better than us but we did step off it slightly”. Alex Read and Piers Wixon put the Hawks 2-0 up before Abbey pulled one back in the second half.
- Alex Read top scorer with 21 goals and 11 assists in his 36 appearances
- Read has been involved in 22 of Harlow’s League goals (15 goals, 7 assists)
- Junior Dadson has netted 19 times and assisted 8 goals in all competitions – been involved in 12 league goals (9 goals, 3 assists)
- Between Read and Dadson they have been involved in 34 of Harlow’s 43 league goals scored this season (79%)
The Hawks are now unbeaten in their last 4 games and have won the last 3, taking 10 points from the last 15 available. Chapman understands that January is a key month for his side with 9 more fixtures including tomorrow night’s clash with Thamesmead. Speaking to harlowtownfootballclub.co.uk, Chapman stated “That’s 45 points on the board, we are there or there about’s, it will be a tough game against Thamesmead and we will need to be on top of our game”. He added “there’s 9 games left this month, we will see by the end where we will be at the end of the season”
- Harlow won their first 4 fixtures of January last season
Despite playing the two bottom sides in the division in their last 2 fixtures, Harlow only managed to net 3 times in the two games against Redbridge and Waltham Abbey. Chapman however was happier with his side winning games rather than the winning margin. “it’s about winning games, we all want to score as many goals as we can, I can understand and appreciate that but the main thing is getting points on the board”.
- Last 5 home games (most recent 1st) – WWLWW
- Kept 7 clean sheets this season, 4 of them at home – kept 1 clean sheet in their last 6 league matches
- Only failed to score in one home league match (0-0 draw with Harringay Borough)
The Hawks boss criticised how people viewed his sides 1-0 victory against Redbridge, “as much as you look at Redbridge last week, I heard again we should be bashing teams like that, why should we? We went away from home and won 1-0. I will take 1-0 every game away from home if you gave it to me”.
Chapman was keen to look at the bigger picture for his side “Today we came here, 1st 25 minutes was really good, I agree the 2nd half we slightly came off it but again we won and got the 3 points. We have to look at what is the most important thing, scoring loads of goals or winning football matches”
- Only Hornchurch (20) and Thurrock (25) have conceded less league goals than Harlow (26) this season
Harlow are set to be without several defensive options tomorrow night with Jared Small out with a hamstring injury picked up on Saturday. Craig Pope remains suspended while Sam West is set to face a late fitness test. Sam Holloway is set for a spell on the sidelines after fracturing his ankle and Chapman has put at least 2 months on his recovery time.
Thamesmead arrive in Harlow after a 3-2 victory over Phoenix Sports on Saturday, Tyrus Gordon Young scored twice for Town who increased their unbeaten run to 7 matches. Thamesmead are one of the form teams in the Ryman North, taking 16 points from the last 18 available.
- League Record – P25 W13 D5 L7 F38 A29
- Away Record – P12 W5 D2 L5
- Form in last 6 (most recent first) – WWDWWW
Thamesmead have won their last 3 games on the travels and will be looking to cause a shock when they arrive at the arena tomorrow night. Town know that they face only 1 team currently in the top half of the league before February after their trip to Harlow. So a positive result against the Hawks, could see Thamesmead continue their unbeaten run.
- Kept 7 clean sheets – only 2 away from home
- Only kept 1 in their last 6 games (2-0 win vs Aveley)
- Failed to score in 6 games – 4 away from home
- Scored in their last 6 games but prior to those games, failed to score in previous 4 matches in all competitions
Head to Head since 2009 – Harlow 4, Draw 0, Thamesmead 5
Last Meeting – Harlow 2-1 Thamesmead – 25th April 2015
- Thamesmead have scored in all 9 of the last games against Harlow
- 3 of Harlow 4 wins came at home against Thamesmead
- Thamesmead last victory at the Harlow Arena was in 2013 when they won 4-0
- In all 9 meetings there has been at least 3 goals scored