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North Ferriby 0 Harrogate Town 2

8 August 2017

Match Reports

North Ferriby 0 Harrogate Town 2

8 August 2017

Harrogate Town claimed a hard fought win in the first Yorkshire derby of the season with a 2-0 success at Grange Lane.

Conditions were difficult from the start as a pre-match downpour and strong winds battered East Yorkshire, but Town edged ahead after 59 minutes as Simon Ainge converted from the spot.

The visitors never looked back and were soon two goals to the good as Joe Leesley powered home just five minutes later to ensure Town started the season with two wins from two.

Simon Weaver named the same starting line-up that scored four past Nuneaton on the opening day of the season, while Dominic Knowles was deemed fit enough to return to the bench.

George Thomson came close to opening the scoring for the second game in a row, but his early free kick was well kept out by Ross Durrant.

Town looked to have picked up where they left off on Saturday, and almost took the lead five minutes later as Joe Leesley stole possession in the corner and drilled across the face of goal towards Simon Ainge, whose back post finish ricocheted off a defender and behind for a corner.

Ferriby had survived the early flurry of chances, but a lapse in concentration allowed Jordan Thewlis in behind with ten minutes of the half remaining, though Durrant was on hand to make the one on one save.

Deep into first half injury time a slip in defence allowed Alberto Seidi a clean run on James Belshaw's goal, but the Town stopper saved with his feet to ensure the sides went into the break level.

Ten minutes after the restart both goalkeepers were forced into difficult saves as first Durrant made himself big to block Ainge's close range finish, before seconds later Belshaw tipped Curtis Bateson's audacious chip over the bar at full stretch.

Seconds before the game hit the hour mark, Jack Emmett sprung a counter attack that saw Thewlis round Durrant before being brought to the ground by the stranded stopper.

Ainge stepped up confidently and stroked the ball into the bottom right corner to put Town ahead.

It took Town five minutes to double their lead as Leesley fired home low and hard through a crowd of bodies.

The winger nearly claimed his second soon after only for his glancing near post header from Thomson's corner to be blocked on the line.

With Ferriby determined to avoid back to back defeats, challenges came flying in, but Town never looked troubled and saw out a second win of the season.

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Parker, Falkingham, Middleton, Burrell, Thomson (Vann 75), Emmett, Ainge (Day 92), Thewlis (Knowles 87), Leesley

Subs not used: Kennedy, Cracknell

Goals: Ainge (p) 59, Leesley 64

Booked: Thewlis, Leesley

North Ferriby: Durrant, Barrows (Dixon 73), Brogan, Johnson, Gray, Skelton, Russell, Bateson (Fry 69), Seidi, Pugh (Ambalu 63), Emerton

Subs not used: Rzonca, Cooke

Booked: Bateson

Referee: G Rhodes

Attendance: 274

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