Adventurous Harrogate are sunk by promotion rivals Salford City

Liam Kitching.                               Picture: Matt Kirkham
Liam Kitching. Picture: Matt Kirkham
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Harrogate Town were unfortunate to come away from their visit to Salford City empty-handed last night.

Simon Weaver’s men twice led during the first half, however the Ammies managed to stay in the game despite being second best, and a much-improved showing after the interval saw them take the spoils.

The opening 45 was a frantic affair.

Both teams looked a threat going forwards, but it was the visitors who drew first blood eight minutes in. Liam Kitching crossed from the left and Jack Muldoon just got the top of his head to the ball, glancing it inside the far post.

But the hosts struck back almost immediately, Danny Whitehead picking out the bottom corner with a low strike from the edge of the box.

The breathless nature of the contest continued and Harrogate re-claimed the lead as George Thomson’s corner from the left was met by Kelvin Langmead and his powerful header was diverted over the line by Kitching. City levelled again, when Whitehead’s 44th-minute reverse pass from the right found Rory Gaffney, who cut back inside his marker and just about managed to squeeze an effort past James Belshaw.

The same player then struck the winning goal 12 minutes after the resumption, when a clever free-kick routine saw the ball flicked up 30 yards from goal and lifted over the top for Gaffney to run through and fire past Belshaw once more.