HARROGATE TOWN ended their run of five successive defeats with a gritty display in a goalless draw at Salford City on Saturday in Nationwide North.
The result was all the more admirable as City – stars of the BBC documentary ‘Class of ‘92: Out of Their League’ – had scored in their last 15 games at Moor Lane.
The visitors created the first opening of the afternoon, but Joe Colbeck’s powerful back post shot was well blocked by a combination of Salford defenders.
Simon Weaver’s men were then caught at the other end as Richie Allen found space inside the box before slicing his effort horribly and allowing Town to clear.
It was then the turn of Jay Lynch to pull off an outstanding save as Colbeck rifled one across goal but was denied by the hand of the Salford number one.
Salford made a quick start to the second half and could have taken the lead when Mike Phenix muscled his way into the Town area and slotted his finish inches past the post.
With 15 minutes to go, Salford’s Patrick Brough came ever so close to claiming what would surely have been a late winner as the defender struck low past Peter Crook’s left hand post.
Haughton then went close to catching Crook out with an audacious chip that would certainly have been worthy of winning the game, but only found the roof of the net.
The final chance of the afternoon fell to Town substitute Andi Thanoj but the midfielder’s strike was well blocked.
Bradford Park Avenue made it back-to-back wins to move up to third-bottom after a 3-2 win at FC United of Manchester.
After going 16 games without a win, Avenue claimed their second win under new boss Mark Bower. They raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Ben McKenna after 17 minutes and Luke Dean five minutes later.
Jason Gilchrist reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time, only for Nicky Boshell to restore Avenue’s two-goal cushion four minutes into the second half.
But they were made to sweat when George Thomson netted a second for the Rebels in the fourth minute of stoppage time but they held on for an excellent victory.
Elsewhere, FC Halifax Town will be in the hat for tonight’s FA Cup second round draw after battling to a 0-0 draw at Dagenham and Redbridge.
Halifax could have caused the upset they believed was possible had Liam King taken a gilt-edged chance in the first-half.
But The Shaymen deserve another crack at their National League opponents, who won’t relish the prospect of a replay at The Shay the week after next.
Farsley Celtic moved top of the First Division North on goal difference after a 2-1 home victory over Hyde United.
Two second-half goals from Aiden Savory were enough to claim the points for the Celts despite a late effort from Phattharaphol Khamsuk.
Former leaders Brighouse Town dropped down to third place – but still level on points with Farsley – after a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Lancaster City.
Billy Akrigg got the only goal in the 67th minute.
Fifth-placed Scarborough Athletic missed the chance to move clear at the top when they were held to a goalless draw at Trafford.
Ossett Town moved to within three points of the leasder with a 2-0 home win over Bamber Bridge.
Tyrone Gay netted for Town in the 17th minute and Jason Yates doubled the advantage just before the hour mark.
A 90th-minute goal from Conor Smith condemned Tadcaster Albion to a 2-1 defeat at rock-bottom Burscough.
Thomas Corner had given Albion the lead on eight minutes but Smith levelled matters on 28 minutes before he grabbed the winner with seconds left.
Ossett Albion came away from Colwyn Bay with a 1-1 draw thanks to an 85th-minute goal from Nicholas Matthews.
The hosts had taken the lead on 57 minutes through Nicholas Matthews.
Frickley Athletic’s struggles continued in the Premier Division when they went down 4-1 at home to Nantwich Town.
It all looked good for Frickley when Luke Hinsley gave the hosts the lead on 28 minutes but a quick-fire brace from Ryan Brooke before half-time gave the visitors the advantage.
Subsequent goals in the second half from Sean Cooke and Tim Sanders meant that Frickley slipped to their 13th defeat of the season and remain third from bottom in the Premier Division table.
Sixth-placed Pickering Town claimed an important 1-0 victory at third-placed Liversedge in the Premier Division.
Ryan Blott netted the only goal of the game in the 69th minute.
Curtis Woodhouse’s Bridlington Town eased to a 3-0 victory over Worksop Town thanks to strikes from Joel Sutton, Brett Agnew and Andrew Norfolk.
Eighth-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare missed a chance to close in on the top six when they lost 2-1 at home to AFC Mansfield.
Grant Allott gave the visitors the lead before before Jack Steers replied for Hemsworth. However, Oliver Fearon grabbed the winner for Mansfield with two minutes to go.
Garforth Town picked up an excellent 4-2 victory at Armthorpe Welfare.
Town led 3-1 at half-time thanks to a Mark Simpson brace and a goal from James Beaston. A penalty from Sean Hunter made the game safe with three minutes left to play.
It was a weekend to forget for Harrogate Railway Athletic who went down 4-0 at leaders Cleethorpes Town.
A hat-trick from Jordan Coduri helped AFC Emley thrash Selby Town 7-1 and move into the play-off places in Division One.
Emley’s other goals came from Ashley Flynn(2), Joe Brennan and Matthew Jackson.
Calum Ward scored Selby’s consolation goal from the penalty spot in the first half.
A four-goal salvo from Colin Heath and a brace from former Leeds United winger Seb Carole helped fourth-placed Knaresborough Town crush Campion 6-1.
Campion actually took the lead through Steven Hollingworth on five minutes but it was one-way traffic after that as Knaresborough took control.
Pontefract Collieries remain in fifth spot after a 3-0 home victory over Yorkshire Amateur.
Mark Whitehouse gave Pontefract the lead before Jordan Turner netted twice in five minutes to complete the scoring.
Glasshoughton Welfare were 2-1 winners at Eccleshill United.
Elsewhere, rock-bottom Nostell Miners Welfare crashed to a 5-0 home defeat to Hall Road Rangers.