Harrogate Town 3 Solihull Moors 1.
By Luke Turner
Town Too Tough For Battling Moors by John Clothier
It was a warm afternoon in North Yorkshire as Moors made the long journey to renew their battles with Harrogate Town. Moors were in sixth place in the league on 10 points, Town in seventh with nine.
Darren Carter put Danny Wright away on 4 minutes, but the shot was well over. The home side soon showed why they have started the season so well; Leesley’s corner was met by the unmarked Knowles who headed straight at goal and there was Kitching to nod the ball into the back of the net.1- 0
Three minutes later Moors were back on level terms when a long cross from Jamie Reckord was met by Jermaine Hylton and Adi Yussuf fired home beyond the reach of keeper Belshaw.1 – 1.
Town hit back with a succession of corners, but the Solihull defence held firm. Carter’s free kick eluded the wall but was just wide of the far post. Jamey Osborne tried an opportunist effort which was deflected safely into the keeper’s hands.
Moors were benefitting from Reckord on the overlap down the left flank and on the half hour he crossed to Yussuf who headed over with Belshaw on the back foot. Solihull could have done better when Hylton grabbed the ball in midfield to put Wright through, but the shot was blocked.
The final moments of the opening half belonged to Harrogate; Thomson’s free kick failed to penetrate the Solihull wall whilst Falkingham, set up by Knowles, let fly with a stinging shot from the edge of the box but Ryan Boot was a steady as a rock.
1 – 1 was a fair reflection of play in an entertaining first half.
Another Leesley corner after the interval saw Langmead first to the ball but his header was cleared off the line by Kyle Storer. Hylton’s dribbling skills saw him glide passed three defenders but the finishing touch was missing.
Liam Daly’s free kick was nodded down to Carter who found Osborne in space, but the shot was wide before Belshaw was first to a one on one as Wright seized on a pin point pass from Carter. With 20 minutes to go Hylton completely out foxed the Town defence when he flicked the ball with the outside of his foot but sadly there was nobody to take advantage.
Moors, having had the better of the play up to that moment were undone on 75 minutes when Leesely robbed Storer and put Thomson through in the 18-yard box as he found the corner of the net .2 – 1.
The game went from bad to worse three minutes later when yet another Leesley corner was not cleared and Howe had an easy header at the far post passed Boot .3 – 1.
Despite three substitutions Moors could not find a way through, although it was good to see Alex Gudger back from injury if nothing else. Harrogate skipper Josh Falkingham had the last say in the game when his 40 yarder was well held by the Moors shot stopper Boot.
It was a disappointing result but Moors poor defending of the Harrogate corners cost them dearly. Moors drop to tenth place whilst Harrogate are up to third.
Moors have just 48 hours to get themselves ready for the visit of League leaders, Wrexham, on Bank Holiday Monday Kick Off 3.00 pm.
Supporters Man of the Match Adi Yussuf
Boot ,Williams, Reckord, Storer (c), Daly, Osborne, Carter (Maxwell), Yussuf (Gudger), Hylton (Sweeney), Wright, O’Keeffe. Subs not used : Carline, Murphy.
Report from John Clothier
Photos Courtesy of Tom King