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Harrogate Town 6 Ossett Albion 1

Harrogate Town recorded their most emphatic win of pre-season so far as Ossett Albion were beaten 6-1 at The CNG Stadium.

After falling behind to James Eywes early goal, first half strikes from Trialist and Marcus Day put the hosts ahead at the break.

An Ethan Walshaw own goal and Bailey Gooda header inside the opening five minutes of the second half ensured Town would come out on top, before another well placed Gooda header and Dominic Knowles close range finish added to the score-line.

Simon Weaver made nine changes from Friday night’s clash with Shaw Lane with Ben Parker and Jack Emmett the only two remaining in the starting line-up.

The visitors grabbed the opener seven minutes in, after Dom Knowles had been denied by Arran Murphy at one end, Eywes directed Ryan Farrell’s cross into the far corner as Town were caught on the counter.

Town hit back just nine minutes later when our trialist picked up possession in the centre of the park and found the top left corner from 30 yards.

Jack Emmett tried to turn the tie around at the half’s midway point after carrying the ball almost the length of the pitch, but slicing his end shot high and wide.

Terry Kennedy then thought he had headed his side into the lead after meeting Rob Worrall’s corner with plenty of power, only to see his goal chalked out for climbing on the back of his marker.

Day was next to go close for Weaver’s men as the forward fired wide of the far post, where strike partner Knowles was inches away from converting.

The young striker got his name on the score-sheet on the stroke of half time, rounding Murphy after Knowles’ headed flick on and slotting into an empty net.

Town added two more to their total within five minutes of the restart; the first in fortunate circumstances as our trialist’s low cross hit the legs of Walshaw and ended up in the back of the net.

Three minutes later Gooda rose well to head Worrall’s free kick delivery off the upright and in to put Town 4-1 to the good.

The floodgates had well and truly opened as Gooda bagged his second of the evening just before the hour mark heading in Worrall’s corner.

Under a minute later Knowles got in on the act as he added Town’s sixth from close range.

After the flurry of goals to start the second half, The Unicorns reorganised and managed to prevent Town adding to their tally any further, despite a late Kennedy header grazing the post.

Match Result
Town
Town
Trialist 16
Day 45
Walshaw OG 47
Gooda 50, 58
Knowles 59
6
Ossett Albion
Ossett Albion
Eywes 7
1
The CNG Stadium
7:30PM Tuesday 25 July 2017
Attendance 209
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