Harriers Bounce Back With Win: Harrogate Town 0-2 Harriers
Harriers bounced back from their weekend disappointment with victory on their first visit to Harrogate.
A goal in each half ensured that Harriers inflicted on Harrogate their first home defeat since March but they were made to work hard for the points by Simon Weaver's men.
Harrogate started brightly and tested Sam Hornby in the opening minutes Jordan Robertson's volley at the near post from Joe Colbecks's right wing cross kept out by the keeper.
At the other end Liam Truslove went close to opening the scoring after 27 minutes with a free-kick that rattled the crossbar before bouncing down in front of the goal line, hitting the back of Town keeper Peter Crook and going out from a corner.
The opening goal came moments later James McQuilkin's corner from the right found Truslove whose shot towards the bottom corner took a deflection on its way in to record his sixth goal of the season.
Before the interval the home side were reduced to ten men when Andy Gascoigne was sent-off after a reckless challenge that took out Ryan Croasdale near the halfway line.
Early in the second half Harriers could have doubled their advantage with leading scorer Arthur Gnahoua twice going close; once with a shot that skimmed the roof of the net and once with a shot that had to be pushed away by Crook.
Despite having just ten men Harrogate pressed hard for an equaliser and threw everything that they had at Harriers. With just over ten minutes to go they could have drawn level when Hornby rushed out of his goal and missed his kick completely; the ball fell to Marcus Day but his shot from 30 yards towards the open goal hit the post.
With time running out Town pushed keeper Crook forward at a corner; Harriers were able to clear, though, and substitute Andre Brown picked up the ball at halfway and lofted a shot forward from just inside the Town half that dropped into the net with Crook still racing to get back.