Harrogate Town bounced back from Saturday’s defeat at Stevenage with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Colchester United.
Simon Weaver made two changes from Saturday’s line up with Josh March replacing Jack Muldoon and Josh Falkingham replacing the injured Simon Power.
Within a minute of the start Town were ahead when Mark Beck headed a long clearance into the U’s penalty area;the ball was returned to him via March and Lloyd Kerry and he beat U’s keeper,Shamal George,with a shot into the far corner.
Town kept the pressure on Colchester,but suffered a blow when March had to limp off after a collision with George, after the keeper had dived bravely at his feet.
The visitors were finding it hard to create chances against Town’s well organised defence and a rare effort from Aramide Oteh sailed well wide of James Belshaw’s goal.
George Thomson found Ryan Fallowfield unmarked on the right,but his angled drive was off target.
Deep into first half stoppage time, the U’s failed to deal with Fallowfield’s long clearance allowing Will Smith to race through their defence and skilfully slip the ball past George for Town’s second.
Colchester started the second half with Roy Clampin forcing Warren Burrell to concede a corner from which Town had to scramble the ball clear after it rebounded off the foot of the post.
Town soon resumed their offensive and Thomson’s cross found Josh McPake unmarked in the area,but he was quickly closed down before he could pull the trigger.
But moments later,in an almost carbon copy move,Thomson latched onto Fallowfield’s throw and once again crossed to McPake who beat George with a low cross shot into the far corner.
The U’s,bolstered by three substitutions,tried hard to get onto the scoresheet and it took a magnificent double save from Belshaw to keep out Oteh and Junior Tchamadeu.
It only remained for Fallowfield to make a late clearance off the line and Town had recorded their best result since the opening day of the season,when they put four past Southend.
Belshaw,Fallowfield,Jones,Burrell,Smith,Thomson,Falkingham,Kerry(Francis 68),McPake(Kiernan 68),Beck(Martin 63),80),March(Muldoon 23).
Scorers,Beck 1,Smith 45,McPake 56. Booked Falkingham 78,Martin 82.
George,Smith,Sawunmi,(Pell 45),Oteh(Poku 74),Harriott,Chilvers(Gowan-Hall 63),Eastman,Clampin,Sarpong-Wierdu,Tchamadeu,Folivi(Brown 63).
By John Harrison