Har­ro­gate clos­ing in on the lead­ers

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE NORTH: York City lost for the first time since Christ­mas, 2-0 at for­mer Foot­ball League foes Stock­port.

More than 4,000 fans watched the hosts end York’s un­beaten six-game run thanks to first-half goals from Daniel Stephen­son and Matty War­bur­ton.

Har­ro­gate Town cap­i­talised on Sal­ford City’s 2-1 de­feat at Brack­ley to move within five points of the lead­ers af­ter beat­ing Telford by the same score­line.

York fell be­hind on 24 min­utes when War­bur­ton played Stephen­son clear and he blasted a low shot past Adam Bartlett.

Then, just past the halfhour, Mark War­bur­ton fired a low edge-of-the-area shot un­der­neath the body of Bartlett.

York, who have only kept one clean sheet in 22 matches, im­proved but Amari Mor­ganSmith was twice de­nied by Ben Hinch­liffe and Jon Parkin’s header was cleared off the line.

A fifth straight home win for Har­ro­gate was se­cured af­ter Joe Leesley curled home his 18th goal of the sea­son on 33 min­utes and Si­mon Ainge’s header dou­bled the ad­van­tage early in the sec­ond half. Telford grabbed a 90th-minute con­so­la­tion through Jor­dan Mur­phy.

Ten-man Fer­riby ended their 11-game los­ing streak by win­ning their first point since Novem­ber 4 dur­ing a 2-2 draw at Chor­ley.

Brett Agnew headed the vis­i­tors in front on 19 min­utes, but ex-York striker Ja­son Walker and Josh O’Keefe con­verted from Adam Blake­man’s cor­ners

Af­ter Jor­dan Slew had a shot cleared off the line, Jor­dan Har­row lev­elled and Fer­riby held on de­spite Paul Rob­son’s 79thminute red card for deny­ing a goalscor­ing op­por­tu­nity.

Brad­ford Park Av­enue shared the spoils 0-0 at Nuneaton de­spite Danny Boshell be­ing dis­missed for a sec­ond book­able of­fence.

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