Har­ro­gate go top thanks to Ainge

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE NORTH: York City claimed a 1-1 draw at fel­low high-fliers South­port, while Har­ro­gate Town went top of the ta­ble thanks to Si­mon Ainge’s hat-trick.

Ainge shot down Tam­worth 3-0 as the Min­ster­men se­cured a share of the spoils thanks to Sean New­ton’s 82nd-minute equaliser shortly af­ter Jack Samp­son had been sent off for the hosts.

Ear­lier, Gary Roberts had given the Mersey­side club a sec­ond-half lead.

A tepid first half at Haig Av­enue saw few clear-cut chances, although Louis Al­mond and New­ton did call home goal­keeper Iain Turner into ac­tion.

Af­ter the break, South­port took con­trol with Roberts latch­ing onto a long ball from Cur­tis Jones and lifting an eight-yard-chance over York goal­keeper Jon Worsnop.

Ethan Jones and sub­sti­tute Alex Fletcher had ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­tend the lead, but, af­ter Samp­son caught York de­fender Hamza Bencherif with a flail­ing el­bow on 79 min­utes, the game had its turn­ing point.

There was an el­e­ment of luck about New­ton’s lev­eller, as he swung in a cross that dropped in­side Turner’s far post, but Gary Mills’s men might have gone on to win the game with fit-again sub­sti­tute Jon Parkin forc­ing a fine stop­page-time save.

Har­ro­gate claimed their first win over Tam­worth for 10 years with Ainge only tak­ing two min­utes to head in his open­ing goal from Ge­orge Thom­son’s cross. The di­vi­sion’s top scorer claimed another header just past the hour from Joe Leesley’s cen­tre and then con­verted a 73rd-minute penalty.

Har­ro­gate’s win­ning mar­gin could have been greater with Terry Kennedy and Leesley both hit­ting the frame of the goal.

Brad­ford Park Av­enue en­joyed their third win of the sea­son fol­low­ing a 4-1 tri­umph at Telford.

Luca Hav­ern, Adam Boyes, Adam Nowakowski and Oli John­son were the vis­i­tors’ marks­men af­ter Mar­cus Di­nanga struck in the first minute.

Third-bot­tom North Fer­riby ground out a 1-1 home draw against Dar­ling­ton, with sub­sti­tute Cur­tis Bate­son can­celling out Josh Gil­lies’s ninth-minute goal.

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