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Report: Joe’s brace seals a point

Harriers take a point from Harrogate…



Joe Ironside

JOE IRONSIDE struck deep in injury time to secure Harriers a fully deserved point in a 2-2 draw at Harrogate Town.

After Harriers had gone behind in first half stoppage time, Ironside’s diving header put his team level.

The hosts looked to have snatched a late win when Simon Ainge headed in a 90th minute effort, but Ironside popped up with a fine goal some four minutes later to put an end to a frantic night’s football.

It was end-to-end from the off as contrasting styles saw two good sides go at it; early chances seeing Croasdale and Ngwatala go close for Harriers while Ainge and Hudson did so for Town.

Horsfall cleared off the line from Ainge with nine on the clock before Croasdale and Brown went close for Harriers, while the deadlock was almost broken 11 from the break when Thewlis struck the base of the post with a low shot.

Right before the interval, Kennedy nodded in to give Harrogate the lead despite strong shouts for offside.

The second half also started quickly, Weeks clearing off the line at one end before going close with a shot at the other, while on 63 minutes the midfielder almost caught Belshaw out with a cracking shot from just past the half-way line that bounced off the post and away.

Five later, Sonupe’s pace and a fine cross supplied Ironside who crashed a diving header into the net.

Both sides then traded half chances and Hall and Belshaw were both called upon to show strong pairs of hands. In the 90th, though, Town thought they’d won it when a looping header from Ainge beat the dive of the Harriers stopper and into his top corner.

Heads didn’t drop, though, and even deeper into injury time Ironside completed his brace as a curled finish into the top corner, through a crowd of bodies, evened up the scores once again.

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