Rowe’s late penalty de­nies Har­ro­gate

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE: A stop­page-time penalty con­demned Har­ro­gate Town to a third suc­ces­sive Na­tional League de­feat as AFC Fylde snatched the spoils at the CNG Sta­dium.

Mark Beck’s late strike looked to have earned Si­mon Weaver’s team a de­served point on Satur­day only for Danny Rowe to atone for an ear­lier miss from 12 yards by de­cid­ing matters from the spot.

Har­ro­gate had be­gun brightly, cap­tain Josh Falk­ing­ham shoot­ing nar­rowly wide as early as the third minute.

Kelvin Lang­mead and Liam Kitch­ing were then off tar­get with head­ers when well-placed ei­ther side of vis­it­ing cap­tain Neill Byrne vol­ley­ing a Joe Leesley free-kick against his own post.

The hosts did, how­ever, lose their way around the half-hour­mark with Fylde fin­ish­ing the first pe­riod the stronger, Rowe rat­tling the cross­bar when he ought to have scored.

It took less than two min­utes of the sec­ond half for the Coast­ers to edge ahead, Rowe curl­ing in a 30-yard free-kick.

Har­ro­gate re­sponded well to fall­ing be­hind, but could have been two down af­ter Nick Haughton won Fylde a 68thminute penalty, only for James Belshaw to save Rowe’s strike.

Sub­sti­tute Beck then swiv­elled and lashed into the roof of the net from close range eight min­utes from time to seem­ingly earnHar­ro­gate a point, but there was to be a sting in the tail.

Ser­hat Tas­demir beat the Har­ro­gate off­side trap and was ad­judged to have been brought down in­side the box be­fore he could pull the trig­ger, Rowe mak­ing no mis­take on this oc­ca­sion to win the game in the sec­ond minute of stop­page-time.

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