Harrogate Town News

U21s 1 Garforth Town 1

An 83rd minute equaliser denied our U21s a win over Garforth's first team as Josh Falkingham's side stepped up preperations for the upcoming season.

Neil Patience's free kick had given Town the lead on the stroke of half time, but Garforth struck seven minutes from time as a low cross was converted from the right to deny Town the win.

After claiming Man of the Match in the recent George Smith Memorial Trophy, Joe Wilton impressed early on with a save to keep out Williams' powerful shot.

James Richardson then went close with an acrobatic effort, though his overhead kick from Dan Hartley's header back across goal went wide.

After a competitive first half, Neil Patience broke the deadlock moments before the whistle as his left sided free kick sailed over the head of the Garforth stopper and in.

Falkingham opted to ring the changes at the hour mark, with Garforth having the better chance of the second half's opening 15 minutes, Aaron Haswell and Sean Hunter among those introduced.

The visitors also made a number of changes and saw one of them pay off in the 83rd minute when a neat turn in midfield launched an attack down the right, with the resulting low cross ending in an equaliser.

Both sides had chances to win it in the closing stages, but Hunter's attempt under pressure was too high, moments before another Wilton save ensured the contest ended all square.

Town U21s: Wilton, Fergus, Chippendale, Robinson, Hartley, Steele, Wicks (Hutton 60), Patience, Panos (Hunter 60), Edison, Richardson (Haswell 60)

Goals: Patience 45

Garforth Town: Weatherill, Carlton, Buttle, Kearsley, Turner, Morris, Priestley, Porritt, Simpson, Williams, Barker

Referee: M Sowerby
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