Har­ro­gate are first among equals

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE NORTH: Orig­i­nally formed in 1914, Har­ro­gate Town had never been league equals to York City prior to this sea­son, but have now taken max­i­mum points from their ri­vals.

Sec­ond-half goals from Jake Wright and Mark Beck saw ti­tle­hope­fuls Har­ro­gate match their 2-0 vic­tory at Wetherby Road in Septem­ber.

The Min­ster­men,are now cling­ing to the fi­nal play-off place, with Chor­ley just two points be­hind them with a game in hand.

Adam Bartlett saved smartly to deny for­mer York and Sh­effield United striker Wright, be­fore Joe Leesley fired over.

Wright made no mis­take on 51 min­utes, burst­ing down the right chan­nel and blast­ing home a low shot into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Sean New­ton headed against the bar for York, be­fore un­marked Beck set­tled mat­ters mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod when he headed home.

Stock­port are ahead of the Min­ster­men fol­low­ing a sixth straight win, 3-1 at al­readyrel­e­gated North Fer­riby, for whom Lewis Collins scored.

Brad­ford Park Av­enue, mean­while, de­feated rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Leam­ing­ton af­ter re­called striker Adam Boyes scored the game’s only goal in its open­ing minute, fol­low­ing up af­ter Jamie Spencer’s lon­grange at­tempt had been tipped onto a post by Tony Bree­den.

Mark Ross went on to skim the cross­bar for Av­enue, who sur­vived scares when Ju­nior English saw a header dis­al­lowed for off­side and Steven Drench saved a penalty kick from Matt Dodd.

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