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Harrogate Town 0 Blyth Spartans 0

A LACKLUSTRE Blue Square Bet North game failed to produce a goal, but Blyth almost snatched victory in the last minute.

A LACKLUSTRE Blue Square Bet North game failed to produce a goal, but Blyth almost snatched victory in the last minute.

Few chances were created in a dull opening half when both sides were mainly reduced to long-range efforts.

Early on, Robbie Dale hooked the ball goalwards, but Harrogate goalkeeper Mark Cook managed to punch clear just as Graeme Armstrong was about to head in.

Wayne Phillips went on a mazy run only to drive wide from 20 yards, and in a rare Harrogate breakaway Paul Bolland was off target after being sent through by Adam Nowakowski.

The nearest either side came to scoring before the interval was when Dale’s half-volley was turned over the crossbar by Cook.

Spartans showed more purpose in the second period when they were the better team.

Sam Hodgson laid the ball off to Armstrong, but his shot was deflected by Andrew Burns, much to the relief of the home side.

Glen Taylor fired straight at Cook following a promising build-up by Armstrong and Taylor before Harrogate twice opened up the visitors’ defence.

Robbie Youhill pulled the ball back for Chib Chilaka, but his weak effort was comfortably saved by David Knight, who was more seriously tested by Chilaka shortly afterwards.

In the last minute, Blyth had the opportunity to return home with all three points. A centre from Wayne Phillips was headed back across goal by Lee Mason, but Armstrong fired over the crossbar from eight yards.

HARROGATE TOWN: Cook; Burns, Radcliffe, Bolland, Bloomer, White, Nowakowski, Dean (Brayson), Meechan, Beasley (Chilaka), Elam (Youhill).

BLYTH SPARTANS: Knight; Groves, Kendrick, Hodgson, Buchanan, Jones, Taylor (Mason), Farrell (Hookes), Armstrong, Dale, Phillips.

Referee: Mr B Toner.

Attendance: 425.

 

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