Harrogate Town 1 - 1  Crawley Town
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Harrogate Town 1 – 1 Crawley Town

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Town showed great fighting spirit and resilience to come back from a goal down to force a draw with Crawley at the EnviroVent Stadium.

Paul Thirlwell took charge of the Town team because Simon Weaver was precautionary self isolating.

Crawley were first on to the attack and Max Watters broke away to force a good save from James Belshaw.

Town responded with skipper,Josh Falkingham shooting wide from Brendan Kiernan’s pass and Jack Muldoon’s effort was blocked by Crawley gloveman, Stuart Nelson.

On 27 minutes disaster struck for when the defence failed to clear a Davies cross and Watters stabbed in past Belshaw.

Kiernan shot over for Town,but Crawley almost struck again when Tom Nicholls headed wide from close range.

After the break,Watters forced Belshaw into a fine double save,but then the Roaders began to take control.

Nelson managed to block a Lloyd Kerry shot with his knees and from the resulting corner,Jake Lawlor saw his header blocked on the line.

Paul Thirlwell brought on Dan Jones and Connor Kirby to replace Warren Burrell and Kerry,and Jones’s  long throws began to seriously trouble the visiting defence.

Connor Hall headed at Nelson as Town piled on the pressure,and with five minutes left they got their reward.

Another long throw from Jones was flicked on by Aaron Martin and Jack Muldoon netted from close range.

As the match entered added time Harrogate almost snatched a late winner when Jones’s centre evaded the Crawley defenders and came back off the upright.



Town,

Belshaw,Fallowfield,Burrell(Jones 76),Lawlor,Hall,Thomson,Falkingham,Kerry(Kirby76),Walker(Martin45),Kiernan,Muldoon.

Unused subs,Cracknell,Stead,Beck.

Scorer,Muldoon 85.                             Booked Kerry(54).

Crawley,

Nelson,Dohert,McNerny,Powell,Nadesan,Allarkhia( Dallison 78),Davies,Nichols,Craig,Watters(Frost 59),

Hessenthaler.

Unused subs,

Morris,Adelbowale,Sesay,Ashford,Galach.

Scorer,Watters (27)                        Booked Dallison(83).

Referee,Martin Coy

By John Harrison




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