Harrogate Town moved up to fourth place in the National League with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Eastleigh.
For Town,Liam Agnew made the starting line up, replacing the injured, Josh Falkingham, while loan signing from Scunthorpe United,Levi Sutton, was included among the subs.
The Spitfires were first to attack and skipper,Danny Hollands,menaced Town’s goal with a rising drive from fully thirty yards out.
Town’s attacks were breaking down round the visitor’s area, although Dom Knowles and Lloyd Kerry both had shots which troubled the Spitfire’s defence.
Eastleigh with Chris Zebroski prominent down the right flank were looking dangerous and Kelvin Langmead had to clear into touch to halt a strong attack. Next,James Belshaw pulled out an excellent diving save to turn a twenty yard drive from Mark Yeates round the post.
However, on twentysix minutes it was Town who took the lead when Agnew dipossessed centre back, Reda Johnson, and rounded keeper Graham Stack who brought him down,but Jack Muldoon was up in support to fire into the empty net.
The Spitfires countered with Oscar Gobern testing Belshaw from thirty yards and Andrew Boyce headed across goal from a Zerbroski corner.
The half ended with Gobern shooting over Town’s crossbar from just inside the area.
It took Town within two minutes of the restart to double their lead.
A low ball into the penalty area saw Muldoon outstrip the visiting defence and slide the ball past Stack with the outside of his right foot.
The game began to open out with both sides having chances.
Yeates,twice kept Belshaw busy with long shots,while for Town,Liam Kitching headed a deep Joe Leesley free kick wide of the far post.
Good work between Knowles and George Thomson ended with Knowles passing across goal but Agnew’s effort hit the upright.
Sub Mark Beck,who had replaced Muldoon,released Leesley down the left and his cross forced Johnson to concede a corner which Langmead blasted over the bar.
On eighty minutes,Town’s third goal arrived when Beck raced through the Spitfires defence and sidefooted past Stack.
Deep into stoppage time,Town made it four when Thomson gained possession on the right,switched the ball to his left foot and produced a made to measure cross for Beck to head into the far corner.
Next up is a trip to Gateshead on Tuesday evening where we hope Town can continue their excellent start to the season.
Belshaw, Howe, Burrell(c),Thomson,Knowles(Williams 76),Leesley(Sutton 90),Agnew,Langmead,Kerry,Muldoon(Beck 64).Kitching.
Unused subs,Parker,Cracknell Bookings nil Att.1158
Scorers, Muldoon 26,46. Beck 80,88 Town Man of the Match Muldoon
Stck, Hare, Green, Gobern, Johnson, McCallum, Yeates, Zerbroski, Boyce(Jones 48)(Bearwish 56), Miley,Hollands(c)(Dennett 53).
Unused subs,Baughn,Flitney. Bookings nil
By John Harrison