A freak own goal in the dying seconds of our first league match of 2017 meant that County were denied a sixth straight win but the 1-1 draw does stretch County’s unbeaten run to 7 games in a time where every point matters.
In a game short on chances, it was County that broke the deadlock after half time. The lead was deserved and the goal was coming, with County scoring only moments after Crook’s fantastic save from a Danny Lloyd strike, tipping the ball around the post. There was nothing that the Harrogate keeper could do, however, to stop Clarke nodding the ball home at the far post to make it 1-0.
For the remaining half hour, it was County that looked most likely to score again and they came close on number of occasions, but failed to further test Peter Crook in the Harrogate goal.
As County fans know from experience this season, one goal leads are never secure and so it proved again. Despite Harrogate failing to force Hinchliffe into a meaningful save in 90 minutes, a back pass from stopforth on the half way line squirmed its way under Hinchliffe’s foot and rolled into the empty net. Queue confusion all around the ground and delight for the 90 or so travelling Town fans.
The last 5 minutes of the game petered out, with County stunned and Harrogate content with 1-1, the teams had to share the spoils and County’s winning run came to an end on the first day of 2017.
Team: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Duxbury, Meppen-Walters (Ross, 46), Clarke, Smalley, Stopforth, Montrose, Odejayi (Amis, 69), Ball, Lloyd.
Unused Subs: Ormson, Marsden, Felix.
Attendance: 3,725 (81 away).