Harrogate Town 2 Salford City 2
Harrogate Town and Salford City will meet on Tuesday night for the third time in four weeks after an entertaining 2-2 draw at The CNG Stadium.
Simon Weaver set his team up with a 4-3-3 formation rather than the back three chosen for the 0-0 draw at Moor Lane a fortnight ago.
Lloyd Kerry was named in the team for the first time since fracturing his cheekbone at Halifax in August and gave Weaver’s side a dream start, opening the scoring with a poked finish inside two minutes.
Town’s lead was short lived though, as The Ammies took full advantage of Simon Ainge receiving treatment for a head injury through James Poole who found the bottom corner after 18 minutes with a good finish.
Ainge’s central defensive partner Luke Shiels then headed the hosts back into the lead on the stroke of half time after a corner was only partially cleared by the Salford backline.
Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson’s men grabbed a deserved equaliser after 67 minutes when poor marking from a set piece allowed Michael Nottingham a free header from close range that the full back duly dispatched past Chris Elliot.
The visitors were reduced to ten men with 11 minutes to go when Captain Bradley Barnes was shown a second yellow card, but Town could not take advantage and now face a Tuesday night trip to Moor Lane.
Harrogate Town: Elliot, Turner, Swain, Ainge, Thanoj, Shiels, Burrell, Kerry, Pittman (Chilaka 84), Brooksby (Emmett 70), Clee (Leesley 90)
Subs not used: Colbeck, Crook
Goals: Kerry 2, Shiels 45
Booked: Shiels, Elliot
Salford City: Lynch, Nottingham, Priestley, Howson, Brough, Barnes, King, Poole (Burton 84), Haughton (Atkinson 71), Hine, Warburton (Hulme 91)
Subs not used: O’Halloran, Roberts
Goals: Poole 18, Nottingham 67
Booked: Warburton, Barnes
Sent off: Barnes
Referee: W Finnie