Harrogate RA - FA Cup Preliminary Round
29th August 2015
A replay on Tuesday night will decide the outcome of this FA Cup Preliminary Round fixture after a stalemate at Station View.
For the second time this season Moors were frustrated by a determined Railway side and man of the match goalkeeper Thomas Goodwin who superbly kept his side in the tie with a string of saves in the second half. Moors made two changes to the team that won at Ossett Town in midweek as both James Risbrough and Liam Henderson were handed their first starts of the campaign replacing the unavailable Stephen Capper and injured Glen Taylor.
It was an even start made by both teams as Moors went close through a Henderson glancing header and Railway's Jack Stockdill forcing a good save from Dan Lowson, Moors enjoyed the vast majority of the ball but were lacking ideas up front in the opening half as they were restricted to long range efforts. Railway looked lively on the counter attack and they too lacked a cutting edge or composure when in good positions in the final third.
The second period belonged to Spennymoor and from the first minute until the last they were camped out in the Railway half looking for the breakthrough. Anthony Peacock had a shot blocked and diverted out for a corner, then from the resulting flag kick to the back post it was met by Joe Tait who tried a spectacular overhead kick which Goodwin beat out, then the home stopper went full stretch to palm an Andrew Stephenson shot around the post.
Stephenson then fired over after a jinking run into the box, and Henderson met a Kallum Griffiths cross but his header was held by Goodwin at the near post.
The overworked Goodwin then pushed a Chris Mason header around the post from Stephenson's corner, before the Moors went close again through substitute Gavin Cogdon who raced into the box and weaved his way past two desperate challengers, he got the ball past Goodwin but somehow home defender Lawrance Hunter got back on the line and headed away. It was a mystery how Moors never scored given their domination but credit must be given to the hosts who defended for their lives and tried to counter attack Moors as Hunter fired a shot goal wards but it failed to trouble Lowson.
In stoppage time and after forcing further corners, Moors were still kept at bay by a dogged home side who now travel to County Durham on Tuesday night with a plum home tie against Blyth Spartans awaiting the winners.
1 Dan Lowson, 2 Kallum Griffiths, 3 Chris Mason (c), 4 Lewis Dodds (Sub Scott Kerr)
5 Joe Tait, 6 James Risbrough, 7 Andrew Stephenson, 8 Shane Henry, 9 Liam Henderson
10 Nathan Fisher (Sub Gavin Cogdon), 11 Anthony Peacock (Sub Priestley Keithley)
Subs Not Used: Jordan Robinson, Paul Johnson
Referee: Mr W Grunnill