Harrogate Town 2 – 0 Leeds United XI

13 July 2014

The new look Harrogate Town started their programme of pre-season friendlies with a comfortable win over a youthful Leeds United XI.

Before the match a minutes silence in memory of Stuart Fountain, ex Harrogate goalkeeper,who passed away earlier in the week was impeccably observed.

In the opening seconds, Adam Berry did well to divert Simon Lenighan’s sidefoot for a corner and soon afterwards, Ashley Worsfold headed against the Leeds crossbar.

Leeds were under constant pressure and Rhys Meynell foraged forward to cross for Worsfold to head over.

Afolabi Coker was having a fine game at the heart of the Leeds defence,but he was powerless to prevent Town taking a 35th minute lead when James Walshaw headed home a Lloyd Kenny corner.

Leeds were making little headway against a strong Town rearguard in which the new centreback pairing of Dave McGurk and Shane Killock were outstanding.

Half time saw the usual influx of substitutes and on the hour ex Town favourite,Luke Dean cut in from the left and unleashed a shot which Leeds keeper, Eric Grimes, could only parry into the net.

Louis Swain headed a teasing Craig Nelthorpe corner over the top,before Leeds began to exert some pressure.

A clever turn and shot by Pictou Crouz tested Peter Crook and Munya Mbanje rattled Town’s crossbar from 30yards.

As the final whistle approached, it was Town who had two late chances,with Swain shooting across goal and Dom Rowe firing over from close range.

Scorers James Walshaw 35, Luke Dean 60. Att 581

By John Harrison

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