Harrogate Town 1 – 0 Hull City XI

4 August 2013

An early goal by Chris Hall was enough to secure victory over a youthful Hull City XI.

Town started with their latest signing from Burton Albion, Cleveland Taylor,on the left wing and hattrick scorer at Ossett Albion, Dominic Rowe, on the bench.

Within a minute, City’s Will Aimeson conceded a corner and Hall headed Ross Wilson’s centre narrowly wide.

Hull replied immediately through Sam Topliss, whose surging run ended with Craig MacGillivray

making a spectacular diving interception to snuff out the dangerous cross.

After nine minutes, Shane Killock’s chip into the box was struck home by Hall to give Town the lead.

Harrogate TownTown were well on top and Killock almost made it two when he struck the bar from close range after a Sam Jones knock down.

However, City were still posing a threat and Danny Chambers broke clear only to be denied when MacGillivray dived bravely at his feet.

Adam Nowakowski went close from a Wilson corner and Dave Merris and the impressive Taylor created a chance for Liam Hardy who drove wide.

Just before the break,MacGillivray had to make a full length save to keep out a thirty yard free kick from Connor Townsend, after Leigh Franks brought down Chambers.

Adam Bolder,Dominic Rowe and Tommy Wright started the second half and Wright soon went close with a bicycle kick, after good approach work by Nowakowski and Matt Bloomer.

Bloomer was soon in action at the other end with an important block as Hull City broke forward quickly after a Town free kick had been headed away.

Referee Andrew Miller became the busiest man on the pitch as the game degenerated into a series of niggling fouls and confrontations.

City’s Townsend blasted a 25 yard free kick over the bar, while Rowe showed some blistering pace down the left for Town.

It was another sub Alex Metcalfe, who could have increased Town’s lead late on, but he shot weakly at Joe Cracknell from the edge of the area.


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