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Report: Moors clash ends even

An entertaining game ends even at Harrogate between Harriers and The Moors….



Elton Ngwatala

ELTON NGWATALA struck a screamer as Harriers earned themselves a point against Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night.

The Frenchman hit an outrageous goal from some 30 yards at Harrogate to open the scoring for his team, before a penalty from Glen Taylor levelled things up for the Moors with less than 20 to play.

It was another end-to-end encounter against another play-off contender – and a fairly bright first half was followed by an electric second that saw chances at either end.

Early on, an Ironside header and an Ngwatala shot represented Harriers’ chances, while the hosts went close through Johnson’s header over the bar.

Either side of the half-hour, Anderson saw a shot parried by Hall before McQuilkin struck over the bar, before Sam Austin’s charging run saw his shot go close at the near post. In the closing seconds of the half, Hall’s superb save thwarted Anderson’s volley in style.

Chances really began to open up around the hour mark. After Ironside struck wide at a corner and Johnson smashed the post at the other end, the scores were opened in explosive fashion as Ngwatala drilled in from 30 yards with zero back-lift, cannoning in off the bar.

Hall held from Taylor as Spennymoor looked to respond, before Sonupé had a brace of chances, including  a shot after he rounded Lawson, only for the kepeer to lunge back and parry his attempt.

Ironside again went close as he dragged a shot wide before, on 74 minutes, the home side were level from the penalty spot after Croasdale was penalised for a foul – Taylor netting the penalty off the woodwork.

While Ironside had a couple of half chances to sniff out a winner in the final minutes, the score of an even game would end up exactly that, the spoils shared on what could be a game replayed in the play-offs in a couple of weeks…

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