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Bradford Park Avenue 0 Town 2

2 October 2017

Harrogate Town will host either Gainsborough Trinity or Leamington in the Emirates FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round after a 2-0 win over Bradford Park Avenue at Horsfall Stadium.

After over two hours of football between the two with no breakthrough, George Thomson's free kick teed up Joe Leesley's whose powerful frive wrong footed Steven Drench.

The winger then created his side's second and sealed a place in the next round after his corner was headed into his own net by substitute Danny Boshell.

Both sides made just the one change from Saturday as Noel Burdett took the place of Jack Emmett, while Nicky Clee replaced the unfotunate Boshell for the hosts.
Liam Agnew almost came up with the opening goal after bundling his way through the Bradford back-line, but frustratingly fired over eight minutes in.
The hosts then rattled the frame of the goal as Oli Johnson held off his marker and saw his shot on the turn connect with the upright.
Town also hit the woodwork just nine minutes later as Leesley's shot took a deflection and looped over Drench, but bounced back off the bar.
The contest remained even with both sides almost converting goal mouth scrambles, first when a BPA defender missed his near post clearance, and then when Ryan Fallowfield cleared at the back post at the other end.
Terry Kennedy had continued his excellent display from Saturday, and denied Johnson the opening goal by cutting out Clee's cross at the near post with five minutes of the half remaining.
Six minutes after the restart Nicky Wroe almost broke the deadlock in emphatic fashion, smashing a volley off the cross bar that bounced onto the line and eventually away.
Ryan Fallowfield then came to his side's rescue to keep the scores level, diverting Johnson's goal bound effort over the bar.
With 19 minutes to play, and after well over two hours of stalemate between the sides, Thomson teed up Leesley from a free kick with the winger's powerful shot wrong-footing Drench and going in.
The impressive Johnson almost came up with an instant reply, but saw his flicked header from a free kick sail over.

With BPA throwing men forward to equalise, and Town countering at pace, the contest became extremely lively, though it was the visitors who put their name in the hat with two minutes to go as Leesley's corner was headed into his own net by second half substitute Boshell.
Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Parker (O' Hanlon 90+5), Falkingham, Kennedy, Burrell, Thomson, Agnew, Burdett (Curry 59), Thewlis (Vann 77), Leesley
Subs not used: Cracknell, Middleton, Day
Goals: Leesley 71, D Boshell O.G 88
Booked: Falkingham
Bradford Park Avenue: Drench, Ross, Kelly, Wroe, Havern, Toulson (N Boshell 86), Brooksby (Nowakowski 82), Vidal (D Boshell 66), Boyes, Johsnon, Clee
Subs not used: Spencer, Hall, Knowles, Knight
Booked: Clee
Referee: M Rawcliffe

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