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Maidstone 0 Town 2

15 September 2018

Match Reports

Maidstone 0 Town 2

15 September 2018

Harrogate Town claimed their seventh win of the season to remain top of The National League with a 2-0 victory at Maidstone.

Callum Howe netted a typically powerful header after 17 minutes to give Town the advantage, before Jack Muldoon also continued his fine form in front of goal, converting Joe Leesley's through ball on the stroke of half time.

The hosts pressed for a way back into the game after the break, but Town saw out the contest with tidy possession football and organised defending to claim all three points.

Simon Weaver named the same squad that claimed a 3-2 win against Havant and Waterlooville at The CNG Stadium last week, with Warren Burrell once again wearing the Captain's armband in the absence on Josh Falkingham.

In the opposing dugout, Harry Wheeler's first lineup included recent loan signing Simon Walton, while top scorer Blair Turgott missed out through suspension.

Town started the brighter of the sides and were unfortunate not to be ahead after just three minutes when Dom Knowles' shot bounced back off the post, with Kelvin Langmead unable to convert the rebound.

The hosts responded with a good chance of their own as Shamir Mullings held up play and fed Michael Phillips, who shot low into the arms of James Belshaw.

Howe headed Town into the lead in the 17th minute after George Thomson's corner was headed back across goal at the far post by Knowles, only for Liam Kitching's header to bounce back off the cross bar towards Howe who powered his header into the top corner.

After an even opening, conceding seemed to knock the stuffing out of a Maidstone side on a losing streak with the hosts lacking their attacking threat shown in the first exchanges.

Town claimed their second goal almost on the stroke of half time as Joe Leesley's perfectly weighted pass from the left released Muldoon behind the home defence, from where he was able to squeeze the ball past Lee Worgan, despite the stopper getting a hand on the finish.

Worgan was almost left red faced in the last action of the half as the goalkeeper was caught out of his goal, though was left thanking his covering defender who kept out Thomson's low shot.

While Town finished the first half strongly, Maidstone reacted at the start of the second, forcing an impressive save from Belshaw who kept out second half substitute Joe Quigley's flick.

Despite showing signs of improvement, Maidstone were limited to long range strike by Town with Jack Paxman and Mullings both firing over.

The hosts did manage to craft a chance with ten minutes to go as Stuart Lewis' cross found Mullings, whose header clipped Burrell before connecting with the bar on its way behind.

The impressie Mullings threatened again moments later, shooting wide of Belshaw's goal from just outside the area.

Town continued to carry a threat on the counter attack with Leesley denied late on, though in the end neither team could find a late goal and Town claimed another National League win.

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Howe, Burrell, Thomson, Knowles (Beck 68), Leesley, Agnew, Langmead, Kerry, Muldoon (Williams 78), Kitching 

Subs not used: Parker, Cracknell, Sutton

Goals: Howe 17, Muldoon 44

Booked: Knowles

Maidstone: Worgan, Efete, De Havilland, Finney, Twumasi, Walton, Phillips, Lewis, Paxman, Coker (Quigley 45), Mullings

Subs not used: McLennan, Wynter, Robins, Richards

Booked: Efete

Referee: S Mather

Attendance: 2,222

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