HARROGATE RAILWAY 1 KNARESBOROUGH TOWN 1
HARROGATE RAILWAY: Jordan Robson, Jack Fisher, Jerry White, Damian Hopkins, Dan Thirkell (C) Jake Lawlor, Phil Myles, Paddy McGuire, Nathan Cartman, Jon Maloney, Danny Hull. SUBS: Dave Ward, Mark Fox, Sam Kellegher. Kevin Morris, Sam Cook, Weston Marau
KNARESBOROUGH TOWN:Gareth Dight, Jack Sharples, Byron Littlefair, Matthew Duerden, Dave Thomas, Ben Clayton, Seb Carole, Ashley Atkinson, Paul Eagling, Matthew Thompson, Stephen Bromley. SUBS: Joel Freeston, Jason Harding, Matthew Donnelly, Dave Burniston, Steve Davey, Dan Clayton
Rail started the brightest in the early part of the game and were rewarded with a goal on 15 minutes when a neat one-two opened up the Town defence and Paddy McGuire finishing of inside the area despite the attempts of the advancing keeper Gareth Dight. Both teams played some bright passing football for the remainder of the half but Town struggled to make any impression on the Rail defence as the final ball up front was poor. Town nearly equalised towards the end of the half but Jordan Robson pulled of a good full length save down to his left to stop a powerful shot from the edge of the area.
HALF-TIME: Rail 1 Town 0
Rail made one change and Town 2 at the begining of the second-half. The game again was pretty even for most of the half with Rail defending well as Town pushed forward for an equaliser but it was the final ball that was letting them down once again. More changes came from both teams and it looked as though Rail were going to hold out. The last 15 minutes was all Town as Rail tired and they nearly equalised as the ball was cleared of the line on 80 minutes. On came ex-Rail hero Steve Davey for Town for the last 10 minutes and nearly equalised from his first touch as Weston Marau got down well to his left to keep out a low drive from inside the box. With 2 minutes of normal time remaining substitute Joel Freeston found himself free inside the Rail area on their left. He steadied himself and fired a low shot under the advancing keeper into the back of the net for a deserved equaliser. There wasn't time for a winner from either side as the referee blew his whistle for full-time.
FULL-TIME: Rail 1 Town 1