Goals from Sophie Tinson and a second half brace from Kirsty Macgregor secured Jon Maloney’s side all three points in their first competitive fixture of 2019.
After 20 days without a game, HTAFC Ladies returned to action for the first time in the new year against North Yorkshire rivals York City FC Ladies.
16-year-old Macgregor has progressed from the development squad to the first team this season and caught the eye with a two goal display coming on from the bench.
After beating Bradford City Ladies in the County Cup last time out, Maloney’s side were looking to get back to winning ways in the league following a 2-0 home defeat to Durham Cestria Ladies.
In the opening exchanges it looked like Town were coming up against a very direct York City outfit, with the North Yorkshire rivals making several quick runs and trying to play the long ball over the Harrogate defence.
Despite York trying to play a passing game in their own half, Town forwards Sophie Tinson and Rebecca Hale looked lively as they waited for an opportunity to fall their way.
Towns first chance came in the 8th minute as Captain Grace Foyer played through Tinson, who ran at goal and got an effort away, but hit her strike straight at the opposition keeper’s legs and then on the rebound couldn’t curl her effort inside of the far post.
Minutes later Tinson would have another effort on goal, Hollie Smith managed to break down the left and beat the York defence, before whipping a cross into the path of the prolific Tinson, who swerved and managed to get her shot away, but the York stopper was equal to the effort.
Town broke the deadlock in the 24th minute after a mix-up in the visitor’s defence, what seemed like an easy clearance for the York stopper struck Harrogate forward Tinson and rolled into the back of the net, giving Tinson her 15th goal of the campaign.
In the 31st minute York came close to levelling the game up, a good headed effort forced Town number one Kelly Jackson-Powell into a good save.
Over ten minutes later York City came close yet again to equalising, a cross into the box flew past Jackson-Powell and hit the Town post; luckily the ricochet favoured the home side and the Town defence were able to clear their lines.
Harrogate started off the second half very lively, within the first minute the goal scorer Tinson had an effort on goal, in what was becoming very cold conditions.
But it was York City who should’ve claimed the first goal of the second half when the York fullback found herself in space on the six-yard box and was picked out up couldn’t keep her effort under the bar.
Town doubled their lead in the 66th minute, second half substitute Kirsty Macgregor found herself free in the box after some lovely passing play from and drilled an effort at the York goal to notch her third goal of the season.
Then in the 73rd minute Macgregor nearly doubled her tally for the afternoon, after good play and a run and pass from Tinson, Macgregor found herself in a similar position to the first goal but couldn’t get her strike on target.
In the 81st minute Macgregor did pick up her second of the afternoon, yet again picking up a similar position to her first goal and slotting home again to give Maloney’s side a 3-0 cushion and secure all three points with nine minutes to go.
HTAFC Ladies: Jackson-Powell, Marsden, Davies, Foyer, Whitton, McDonald, Adams, Simpson (James 60) (Clayton 68) ,Tinson, Hale, Smith (Macgregor 55)
Goals: Tinson 24, Macgregor 66, 73
Report by Isaac Martin