Harrogate Town 2 – 0 Histon

3 March 2013

Harrogate TownSimon Weaver praised his sides high quality workrate, as they mastered a spirited Histon 2-0.

Town were unchanged apart from Luke Dean replacing Rob Youhill on the subs bench.

Town made their now,usual,fast start, with Danny Forrest’s smart turn and pass releasing Tom Platt, who curled his shot into the top corner.

Adam Nowakowski and Michael Woods,then went close, before Histon began to threaten.

The overlapping Zac Mills centred across goal, then Kaine Sheppard cashed in on hesitation in the Town defence to force Craig MacGillivray into a full length save.

Shortly afterwards, Sheppard met Ben Coker’s cross,but headed into the side netting.

On 33 minutes,Forrest once again turned provider, setting up Dom Knowles,whose shot on the turn beat Calum Kitscha and crept in via the post.

Town almost went in three up when the hard working Nowakowski released Knowles,but Kitscha turned his shot round the post.

Early in the second period, Sheppard met Coker’s corner on the near post, but Dwayne Samuels was on hand to head off the line.

Lee Elam, who had replaced Mike Woods at the break,dwelt on the ball when well placed and Histon cleared, while at the other end,visitors sub, Matty Walters found the net, only to be denied by an offside flag.

Town should have wrapped the game up on 78 minutes,when Kitscha could only parry a Knowles shot into the path of Elam,but he shot over the empty net from close range.

Histon played excellent football throughout,and MacGillivray earned himself the ‘Man of the Match’, with another fine performance,culminating in a superb save from Waters.

However it was Town’s victory,and hopefully will give them confidence for the week ahead.

Town 1 MacGillivray, 2 Samuels, 3 Merris, 4 Bolder, 5 Bloomer, 6 Killock (c), 7 Platt (Bolland 69),

8 Nowakowski, 9 Knowles, 10 Woods (Elam 45), 11 Forrest (Radcliffe 74).

Unused subs 14 Chilaka, 16 Dean. Bookings Killock,Nowakowski,Elam.

Scorers, Platt 4, Knowles 33.

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