ST AL­BANS CITY 1 HAR­RO­GATE TOWN 1

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND PROPER - By Jake El­la­cott

A DRA­MATIC 93rd minute strike from Joe Leesley earned Har­ro­gate Town a re­play.

Har­ro­gate’s Jor­dan Thewliss should have opened the scor­ing with 19 min­utes on the clock when he met a Leesley cross un­marked in the six-yard area. How­ever, the for­ward could only plant his header wide of Dean Sned­ker’s near post.

St Al­bans mid­fielder Kieran Mon­louis was de­nied by a James Belshaw save with half an hour gone, and it proved to be the only save of the game for the Har­ro­gate stop­per as he was forced off prior to the in­ter­val with an an­kle in­jury.

The dead­lock was bro­ken in the 66th minute when St Al­bans de­fender Tom Ben­der leaped high­est to meet a David Noble corner and planted a header into the bot­tom corner past a div­ing Joe Crack­nell.

With five min­utes to go Noble al­most dou­bled City’s lead when he hit a fe­ro­cious half-vol­ley from the edge of the area, how­ever Joe Crack­nell was able to gather.

How­ever, as the game en­tered the fi­nal minute of added time the vis­i­tors scored with their soli­tary at­tempt on tar­get.

A long ball for­ward from Do­minic Fal­low­field was knocked down by Do­minic Knowles into the path of Leesley, who without hes­i­ta­tion struck a side-footed ef­fort past Sned­ker and into the far corner. STAR MAN: Tom Ben­der (St Al­bans) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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