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Report: Reds beaten by Harrogate

Aggborough set-back for reds…



Elton Ngwatala

HARRIERS suffered a rare Aggborough defeat on Saturday in going down 2-0 to Harrogate Town.

The title-chasing visitors netted a goal in each half through Joe Leesley and Dominic Knowles to wrap up the points and condemn Harriers to a first league defeat since September 2018.

It wasn’t a game blessed with a huge wealth of chances and, on an afternoon balancing on fine margins, the Town left with the full haul of spoils.

It was nip and tuck for much of the day with the team trading efforts off target, Ngwatala and Leesley taking aim early on before, with 15 on the clock, the latter opened the scoring for the visitors with a driven effort off the bar from inside the area.

On the half hour Harriers thought they had levelled matters when a fizzing free-kick from Weeks cannoned off the underside of the bar – into the path of Ironside who nodded home the lose ball, though apparently from an offside position.

The half edged to a close with Ngwatala again looking dangerous; his run met with Croasdale’s shot before Ironside nodded a McQuilkin free-kick into the arms of James Belshaw in goal.

Harriers looked to regroup in the second period but were hit with a killer blow barely two minutes past the restart as, watching a long delivery down, Knowles turned into the area and drove the ball into the bottom corner.

The reds swiftly made substitutions and Bradley, among them, set about trying to reduce the deficit with a couple of strong runs and shots that sailed narrowly off target – he almost turned provider on 73 but his delightful cross couldn’t quite be turned home by Waring.

Sam Austin and Andre Brown went close in the final dozen minutes, while Ngwatala once again was close with just eleven left on the clock when his thunderbolt of a shot threatened to find the net only to dip fractionally too late.

Line-ups and key match details can be found at The Match Centre.


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