Rowe’s late penalty denies Harrogate
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.