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Woking 1 Town 0

10 August 2019

Match Reports

Woking 1 Town 0

10 August 2019

Town were handed their first defeat of the season at Kingfield Stadium, failing to come back from Shaun Donnellan's deflected goal on a frustrating first trip to Woking.

Having fell behind in the 19th minute, Jack Muldoon went closest to levelling as his header was tipped onto the bar at the end of the first half, with the Woking defence throwing themselves in the way of anything and everything to keep Town out in the second half.

Simon Weaver named the same starting line-up and substitutes bench that claimed a 3-0 win at Barrow on Tuesday night with goalscorers Will Smith and Connor Hall partnered in the heart of defence.

The first corner in the game resulted in an early goalmouth scramble as Joe Leesley's delivery almost dropped to Hall, but was pounced upon by Woking 'keeper Craig Ross.

Seconds later Brendan Kiernan intercepted Ross' goal kick, but was prevented a clear strike on goal by a brilliantly timed Moussa Diarra sliding challenge.

The opening goal arrived against the run of play after 19 minutes when Donnellan toom aim from range and saw his strike take a big deflection to wrong foot James Belshaw.

The goal lifted the home side, who could have had a second six minutes later if not for some important blocks from the Town defence and an alert Belshaw stop.

The first chance for Town to get back on level terms arrived eight minutes before the break as Josh Falkingham released Leesley down the left, but Jack Muldoon couldn't convert his teammates' low cross.

Belshaw was called into action soon after as the contest developed into an entertaining affair, keeping out Ibrahim Meite's low drive, before Leesley could only send Lloyd Kerry's delivery over the bar at the other end.

The woodwork then denied Town entering the interval level as Brendan Kiernan was able to create some space inside the Woking box and float a cross towards Muldoon at the back post, though Ross tipped the header onto the bar and ensured his side held on to their lead.

Town went straight on the offensive after the restart as Beck saw his back post header scrambled off the line, though were dealt a blow shortly after the hour mark as Lloyd Kerry was forced off with what looked like a bad injury.

Jon Stead was introduced in an effort to force an equaliser and immidietely set about putting pressure on the Woking backline, with Falkingham ensuring the attacks kept coming.

The home defence remained solid though with a series of blocks, the most impressive keeping out Warren Burrell's volley, and wouldn't concede the chance Town needed to level.

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, G Smith, Falkingham, Burrell, Beck, Leesley, Kiernan, Kerry (Emmett 66), Muldoon (Stead 74), Hall, W Smith

Subs not used: Fallowfield, Cracknell, Brown

Booked: W Smith

Woking: Ross, Parry, Gerring, Diarra (Collier 66), Cook, Poku, Ferdinand, Donnellan, Casey, Tarpey (Johnson 69), Meite (Hyde 85)

Subs not used: Howes, Hodges

Goals: Donnellan 19

Referee: L Smith

Attendance: 1470

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