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Crewe 0-0 Town - Crewe point secures return to Play-Off places

17 February 2024

Match Reports

Crewe 0-0 Town - Crewe point secures return to Play-Off places

17 February 2024

A hard fought point away at fourth placed Crewe Alexandra moved Harrogate Town back into the SkyBet League Two Play-Off places.

Anthony O'Connor and James Belshaw both produced inspired moments at the end to keep the high flying hosts out and help Town to a clean sheet on the road.

Both sides named unchanged starting line-ups going into the game, with former Town loanee Josh Austerfield starting for the home side.

Not letting Tuesday night’s heavy defeat play on their minds it was Town who created the first chance of the game when Abraham Odoh released Matty Daly, though his left footed finish was just off target.

That would turn out to be the best chance of the first half, with Crewe finding everything they threw at Town well dealt with by Anthony O’Connor, Liam Gibson and co.

Crewe were forced into a change midway through the first half as Captain Luke Offord was forced off, with Ryan Cooney taking his place, while Dean Cornelius and Derrick Abu picked up the only yellow cards of the half.

Town grew in confidence the longer the half stayed goalless and continued to pose a threat on the counter attack, though Gibson and Stephen Dooley were still required to be at their best at the other end to put an end to attacks from the home side.

Lee Bell made two changes at the break intriducing Charlie Kirk and Shilow Tracey, which helped his side gain a foothold in the game and produce sustained pressure on the Harrogate goal for the first time.

Most of the hosts chances fell for Courtney Baker-Richardson, though the Crewe number nine couldn't hit the target with any of his three headed attempts, the last of which cannoned back off the post.

Tracey was next to go close for the hosts, but found James Belshaw in the way of Crewe's only on target effort inside 90 minutes.

Weaver opted to freshen up the midfield with Josh Falkingham and Levi Sutton both introduced, but the hosts continued to apply heavy pressure in the hope of a breakthrough.

Heroic contributions late in the game by O'Connor and Belshaw would ensure Town held on to a hard fought point, O'Connor executing a perfectly timed sliding challenge to block Shilow's strike.

Deep in added time Belshaw somehow kept out Kirk's sweetly struck volley that looked destined to break Town hearts, securing a result that moved Harrogate back into the play-off positions.

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