Har­ro­gate fail to halt the slide at Sut­ton

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

HAR­RO­GATE TOWN suf­fered a fourth de­feat in five Na­tional League out­ings af­ter con­ced­ing an­other late goal at Sut­ton United on Sat­ur­day.

The vis­i­tors lost out to an 82nd­minute strike, the fifth match in suc­ces­sion where they have dropped points due to con­ced­ing in the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Town stop­per James Belshaw had to pull off a fly­ing save to keep out Tom Bo­lar­inwa’s early long-range ef­fort, how­ever he was pow­er­less to pre­vent Sut­ton break­ing the dead­lock in the 19th minute when Jonah Ayunga glanced home Harry Beau­ty­man’s cross.

There were no more goals be­fore the in­ter­val, but Weaver’s men lev­elled mat­ters on the hour­mark.

Right winger Ge­orge Thom­son shifted the ball onto his left foot and curled a stun­ning ef­fort into the top cor­ner from the edge of the United box. Town looked the more likely in the pe­riod of play that fol­lowed, how­ever, with 82 min­utes on the clock, an un­marked Beau­ty­man turned the ball home just six yards out when sub­sti­tute Bran­don Thomas-Asante flicked a Dale Ben­nett cen­tre into his path.

The vis­i­tors al­most snatched a late lev­eller when Ross Worner punched the ball clear and, with the keeper out of po­si­tion, Thom­son un­leashed a goal-bound 35yard ef­fort, only for Craig East­mond to clear off the line.

The ball then fell to Mark Beck, but he was thwarted by a good Worner stop and the points went to Sut­ton, a re­sult that lifts them above Town (sev­enth) and into sixth in the ta­ble.

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