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Town 0 Boreham Wood 0

14 September 2019

The points were shared at the CNG Stadium as neither Town or Boreham Wood were able to find the net in a goalless encounter.

Sam Jones made his first start of the season, replacing the suspended Jon Stead and it was Jones who had the best of the chances early on.
First, Jones cut in on his right from just outside the box to fire a deflected effort for a corner. The resulting corner was met by Town's number ten but his headed attempt was off target.
Alex Bradley made his return to the starting 11 after recovering from injury and it was his driving forward run which opened the play for Brendan Kiernan. His left footed strike was pushed away for a corner in the seventh minute.
Boreham's first threatening attack came down their right in the 10th minute and it took some good defending from Will Smith to clear the danger as the ball was played across the six-yard box.
Only two minutes later and the visitors were in again after breaking from the halfway line. It seemed that a Boreham player had handled the ball leading to the attack but the referee played on and Belshaw was forced to make a good low save to deny Tyrone Marsh.
The game entered a quiet spell until the 25th minute when the second ball from a Town free kick found Will Smith, who headed the ball on towards Muldoon.
His left footed strike towards the near post was blocked for another Town corner which failed to trouble the visitors.
Brendan Kiernan was lively down the right and a couple step overs helped him break free in the 38th minute.
The winger then cut in onto his left foot but his attempt was easily saved by the Boreham Wood keeper.
Straight down the other end and Belshaw was forced into another save. Marsh fired a powerful effort towards Town's shot stopper and it took two strong hands to parry away the chance.
Marsh's strike partner Tshimanga then got involved in the action after he battled three Town defenders in the box to turn and shoot wide of Belshaw's goal.
The second half started with Muldoon charging down the left and blatant pull on the shirt from Champion saw him enter the referees book.
The second half didn't really get going until the 68th minute. A great reaction save was needed from Belshaw after Keiran Murtagh looked destined to score from close range.
Town responded and a quick throw-in only a couple minutes later nearly found the opening goal. Beck received the ball and crossed into Kiernan who struck the ball on the move, hitting over from inside the six-yard box.
Beck was proving to be a challenge for the Boreham defence. Kiernan found the big man unmarked at the back stick but his header was high of the cross bar.
The last attack of the game came in added time for Boreham Wood. Substitute Justin Shaibu found space down the left but was unable to hit the target meaning both teams had to settle for a point.
Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, G Smith, Hall, W Smith, Burrell, Bradley, Emmett, Kiernan, Muldoon (Diamond 66), Jones (Beck 60)
Subs not used: Cracknell, Thomson, Brown
Booked: Bradley, Jones
Boreham Wood: Gregory, Champion, Stephens, Fyfield, Ilesanmi, Ricketts, Murtagh, Thomas, Smith, Tshimanga, Marsh (Shaibu 74)
Subs not used: Mingoia, McDonnell, Shakes, Thompson,
Booked: Champion, Murtagh, Fyfield
Referee: S Copeland
Attendance: 942 (24 Away)
Report by Henry Whitaker

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