Three-sy does it for Harton and Westoe

PLEASED ... Harton and Westoe boss Gordon Diamond.
PLEASED ... Harton and Westoe boss Gordon Diamond.

HARTON and Westoe made light of late withdrawals to beat Wideopen 3-0 on Saturday.

 Harton still haven’t given up hope of a top-three finish in the Northern Alliance Division Two, and they showed the strength of their squad at the weekend.

 Defender Adam Clark, Scott Baxter and last week’s five-goal hero David Graham all missed out, meaning a rejig to manager Gordon Diamond’s thinking.

 Diamond, pictured, opted for a 4-5-1 system with Shaun Edwards as the lone forward.

 And it worked a treat as the midfield trio of Steven Graham, Owen Peterson and Dean Black bossed the game.

 Wideopen had a couple of good chances in the first half which Kevin Garrick saved, before Peterson and Ben Cooper combined for Keagan McDermott to coolly give the visitors an interval lead.

 After the break, Steven Graham had an effort ruled out for offisde, and as the Harton momentum appeared to slow, Diamond withdrew McDermott, who made way for Craig Lumley, easing his way back after a long time out with an ankle injury.

 Lumley turned out to be a breath of fresh air, and after the excellent Edwards got the goal his tireless running deserved, heading home a Cooper cross, Lumley sealed the win after jinking his way past three defenders.

 Diamond said: “I’m very pleased with the result and more so the way we played.

 “We stuck to our game plan and the lads worked very hard for the three points.”