Bury Town 0
Harrow Borough 1
by Derek Bish
at Ram Meadow
Bury Town manager Richard Wilkins was apoplectic with his side after watching them slide to their first Ryman League defeat of the season against bogey side Harrow Borough.
The Blues, who have now not beaten the Boro in five attempts since promotion to the Ryman Premier in 2010, appeared lacklustre and lacking in attacking ideas, despite featuring on-loan midfielder Craig Parker in their starting XI, in place of Connor Hall who was struggling with a tight hamstring.
John Sands went closest for Bury, heading against the top of the crossbar at the end of the first half, but an 11th-minute header from Harrow’s Ukrainian striker Nicolai Tararov was all it took to settle the fixture.
Wilkins — clearly hurt by his side’s display in front of a 532-strong crowd, Ram Meadow’s biggest gate of the season so far — said: “The lads need to look at themselves because there was a big crowd here and we let ourselves down big time.
“I will praise the team when I did well, but I will not accept that sort of performance.”
Bury started brightly, Sands shooting off target after only 23 seconds, but it was Harrow who took the lead when John Kennedy failed to pick up James Burgess from a throw on Borough’s left and the Harrow number four crossed on to the head of Tararov to open the scoring.
That lead could have been doubled when Marcus Garnham hesitated to a ball over the top, but the Blues’ custodian recovered to make a good save from Simeon Akinola.
The home side slowly found their feet again with Sam Reed denied by Latvian goalkeeper Elvijs Putnins before Parker’s curler was tipped over.
Sam Nunn should have buried a close-range free header, but instead glanced wide, and Sands ended the half by guiding a header against the bar.
The former Mildenhall Town limped off just minutes into the second period, and Bury ran out of ideas with substitutes Jordan Patrick and Allicion Blake shooting straight at Putnins, while Sam Reed lobbed wide.