Harrogate Town 3-0 Worcester City
Harrogate Town recorded back to back 3-0 wins as Worcester City were put to the sword at The CNG Stadium.
Simon Ainge’s seventh goal in his last four appearances set the ball rolling as the in form striker finished off Joe Colbeck’s low cross.
Captain Danny Ellis claimed Town’s second, heading in Joe Leesley’s corner, before Louie Swain’s low finish put an end to any hopes Worcester had of taking anything from the game.
Simon Weaver named the same starting line-up that won 3-0 at Boston United last weekend.
Both sides had to cope without their top scorers as former Worcester forward Lee Hughes joined Telford just days before the tie, while JP Pittman was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
The home side took just ten minutes to open the scoring when the in-form Ainge got on the end of Joe Colbeck’s low cross to finish.
Town Captain Ellis then had the chance to make it two after 25 minutes; getting on the end of Joe Leesley’s free kick, but heading wide.
In what was an extremely physical battle from the off, the final 20 minutes of the half passed by with little goalmouth action as Worcester dealt with any crosses sent their way.
Warren Burrell tried his luck at the start of the second half, but was denied by a sliding block from Junior English.
Swain almost got himself on the score sheet just past the hour mark, but was denied by the woodwork after heading Ellis’ flick onto the cross bar.
Town second goal eventually arrived in the 67th minute when Ellis attacked Leesley’s corner with plenty of power to head into the back of the net.
Going two behind looked to spark the visitors into life as Kenedy Digie forced the first save of the afternoon from Peter Crook with 20 minutes to play, after showing neat footwork to dribble into the box.
Worcester’s resurgence did not last long though, as Ainge’s strike took a deflection and fell to the feet of Swain, who made no mistake from close range.
Despite being three goals down, Worcester continued to attack and almost clawed a goal back through Cieron Keane’s effort that was blocked by Lewis Turner as the contest entered time added on.
Harrogate Town: Crook, Turner, Parker, Burrell, Shiels, Ellis, Colbeck, Kerry (Agnew 81), Ainge, Swain, Leesley (Emmett 78)
Subs not used: Thanoj, Muskwe, Platt
Goals: Ainge 10, Ellis 67, Swain 73
Worcester City: Ross, Chambers (Gallanagh 77), Weir, J Keane, Oji, Digie, Steele (Nelson-Addy 22), English, Bishop (Scrivens 80), Murphy, C Keane
Subs not used: Jackman, Hutchinson
Booked: Nelson-Addy, J Keane
Referee: D McNamara