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Match Report

Town 1 Spennymoor 2

Town's seven match home winning streak in the National League North came to an end on Tuesday night following a 2-1 defeat to Spennymoor.

At the end of an uneventful first 45, Leeds United loanee Liam Kitching was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge on Robert Ramshaw.

Moors made their numerical advantage count after nine minutes of the second half as James Curtis headed a corner into the back of the net.

Nine minutes later Andrew Johnson capitalised on an unfortunate Ryan Fallowfield slip to make it two, and although Mark Beck notched late on, Town couldn't find a late leveller to keep their 13 match unbeaten run at The CNG Stadium in tact.



Simon Weaver named the same starting XI that moved to within a point of the league leaders on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Gainsborough Trinity.

Liam Kitching went close in the opening exchanges, heading wide of Steven Lowson's goal as both teams attempted to figure one another out in the first quarter of an hour.

Kitching was in action at the other end soon after a he positioned himself well to block Greg Rutherford's effort with his head.

Town passed and probed in the first half, but ultimately found their final ball slightly lacking and were unable to create any clear cut opportunities as a result.

On the stroke of half time Town were reduced to ten men as Kitching was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Robert Ramshaw, leaving Town ten against 11 for the duration of the second half.

The ten men started the first half on the front foot as substitute Ryan Fallowfield burst forward and one a corner, that was fizzed across the face of goal and behind by George Thomson.

It was Spennymoor who grabbed the advantage though when Curtis powered a header into the top left from a corner kick after 54 minutes.

Ryan Hall went close to adding a second five minutes later when the winger darted between the Harrogate centre backs, but James Belshaw made a clever save at his near post.

There was nothing Town's stopper could do about Moors second goal though as an unfortunate slip from Fallowfield allowed Johnson through one on one, where the winger could squeeze the ball under Belshaw.

Jordan Thewlis and Jake Wright were introduced in an effort to get their side back in the game, and Wright almost did that in the 78th minute, but his shot was palmed away.

Five minutes later Town gave themselves a chance at a comeback as Emmett raced to the byline in typical fashion and squared to Beck a few yards out to finish.

It was too little too late for Town though, who succumbed to a first defeat in 14 at The CNG Stadium.

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Burrell, Parker, Falkingham, Kitching, McCombe, Thomson (Thewlis 71), Emmett, Beck, Knowles (Wright 55), Leesley (Fallowfield 45)

Subs not used: Cracknell, Agnew

Goals: Beck 83

Booked: Falkingham

Sent off: Kitching

Spennymoor Town: Lowson, Griffiths, Mason, Chandker, Tait, Curtis, Hall (Lowe 93), Ramshaw, Rutherford, Anderson (Henry 86), Johnson

Subs not used: Porter, Fewster, Curry

Goals: Curtis 54, Johnson 63

Booked: Chandler, Tait

Referee: S Barrott

Attendance: 1001

Match Result
Town
Town
Beck 83
1
Spennymoor Town
Spennymoor Town
Curtis 54, Johnson 63
2
The CNG Stadium
7:45PM Tuesday 27 March 2018
Attendance 1001
League Table
C
Salford City
88
2
Harrogate Town
82
3
Brackley Town
77
4
Kidderminster Harriers
72
5
Stockport County
68
6
Chorley
62
7
Bradford (Park Avenue)
60
8
Spennymoor Town
59
9
York City
58
10
Boston United
56
11
Blyth Spartans
55
12
Darlington
54
13
Nuneaton Town
53
14
FC United of Manchester
50
15
AFC Telford United
50
16
Alfreton Town
49
17
Curzon Ashton
49
18
Leamington
49
19
Southport
47
R
Gainsborough Trinity
43
R
Tamworth
42
R
North Ferriby United
17