Football: Harrogate Town beat Hull City

Dan Clayton (130713M5c)
Dan Clayton (130713M5c)

After the highs of Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Bradford City, Harrogate Town delivered a more workmanlike performance to beat Hull City’s development side 1-0 on Saturday.

Boss Simon Weaver gave four-goal man Ashley Worsfold a rest this weekend, Anton Browneand Craig Nelthorpe also earning the day off after Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Bradford City.

There was no Michael Woods, and Dwayne Samuels was also missing due to a heel injury.

But ther was an introduction for Town’s new signing, former Burton Albion man Cleveland Taylor, who started on the wing against City.

Town were quickly into their stride, Chris Hall denied a goal after tricking his way into the box in the first 60 seconds.

Goakeeper Craig MacGillivray then kept out a shot by Hull striker Danny Chambers before Town skipper Shane Killock outmuscled Chambers two minutes later.

Hall was clearly up for the occasion and proved it with a goal in the ninth minute.

Latching on to a lob in the middle of the park from Cleveland Taylor, he then pushed past Ben Clappison and Will Aimeson to slam home Town’s first.

Town were so close to a second when Sam Jones nodded the ball into the box, and Killock turned, shot and hit the crossbar.

It bounced just shy of the line but given City had barely ventured inside Town’s half in the first 15 minutes, a second didn’t look far away.

The next 30 minutes passed without much incident, although midfielder Liam Hardy went closest with a swerving centre that curled wide of the far post.

Town took their 1-0 lead into the break and a host of changes followed for the second half.

Adam Bolder, Tommy Wright, and ex Bradford City winger Dominic Rowe were all on after the break as Hardy, Ross Wilson and Sam Jones departed.

Whether it was the changes or the heat, the game petered into something of a flat affair, although Hall could have made it 2-0 after Rowe produced a lightening-quick, Aaron Lennon-esque run past Clappison.

He picked out Hall but the shot was parried away by Joe Cracknell.

A foul on Adam Nowakowski by Will Aimeson earned Town a free kick, but the hosts were unable to make it count.

With five minutes to go, and the game looking more and more like a training match, City had a chance with a free kick from 30 yards out but left back Connor Townsend skied it over the bar.

Sub Alex Metcalfe, on for Leigh Franks, delivered a stinging shot shortly after but Cracknell had it well covered.

After that, both teams ran down the clock and 1-0 to Town was a fair result after a rather sombre second half.

Elsewhere, Tadcaster Albion drew 2-2 with Guisborough and Knaresborough Town beat Beckwithshaw Saints 10-2.

Harrogate Railway lost 5-0 to Brighouse Town on Friday.

Teams

Harrogate Town: Craig MacGillivray, Matthew Bloomer, Dave Merris, Sam Jones (Dominic Rowe 45), Leigh Franks (Alex Metcalfe 69), Shane Killock, Liam Hardy (Adam Bolder 45), Adam Nowakowski, Chris Hall, Ross Wilson (Tommy Wright 45), Cleveland Taylor (Dan Clayton 64); Subs, Peter Cook, Josh Garbutt

Hull City: Joe Cracknell, Sam Topliss, Connor Townsend, Matty Dixon, Will Aimeson, Ben Clappsion, Jack Barlow, Owen McCall (Niall Doran 76), Danny Chambers, Dougie Wilson (Max Clarke 61), Callum Martin; Subs Roary Watson, Leon Dawson, Niall Doran, Sam O’Connor

Attn: 377