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REPORT | Wrexham AFC 0-0 Harrogate Town

Red Dragons play out goalless draw at the STōK Cae Ras

12 March 2024

Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC 0-0 Harrogate Town

Red Dragons play out goalless draw at the STōK Cae Ras

12 March 2024

Wrexham AFC were forced to settle for a point under the lights at the STōK Cae Ras, as the Red Dragons played out a 0-0 draw with Harrogate Town.

The hosts battled away through the first half, with Elliot Lee often trying to make things happen against the Sulphurites.

As the game ticked on, Harrogate continued to defend admirably in their efforts to keep the hosts from breaking the deadlock in North Wales.

Ultimately the visitor’s efforts to frustrate were successful, as they travel back up north with a hard-fought point against the Red Dragons.

Phil Parkinson yet again named an unchanged starting XI ahead of the match, with his side having claimed impressive victories over Morecambe and Accrington Stanley in the past fortnight.

Will Boyle gave the visitors a warning early-on, as he attempted to redirect Elliot Lee’s corner towards goal on the volley, but his effort was just over with nine minutes on the clock in North Wales.

Harrogate’s George Thomson tested his luck after 15 minutes, but the midfielder’s efforts from the edge of the box were blocked on both occasions, as the visitors largely struggled to gain momentum going forwards.

After 25 minutes, Lee picked up a loose ball and drifted towards his right before shifting the ball out from his feet, unleashing a shot that knuckled towards goal, but James Belshaw stood firm and managed to catch the effort.

Five minutes later, Jacob Mendy beat his man down the left-flank and looked set to unleash a strike from close-range, only for a last-ditch challenge from Warren Burrell to deny him from testing James Belshaw.

Just a minute later Mendy was yet again at the heart of Wrexham’s attacking exploits, picking out Mullin with an expertly weighted cut-back.

Mullin then found the oncoming Lee, but Wrexham’s number 38 saw his effort blocked by a determined Harrogate backline who rushed out to deny his shot.

The visitors' best chance came nine minutes from the interval, as Abraham Odoh’s cross just missed out Josh March, who was lurking at the far-post and waiting to pounce on any opportunities that arose.

Ultimately, chances were few and far between in what was a tightly balanced contest in North Was, with neither team able to break the deadlock.

Parkinson decided to stick with the same XI to start the second half, with the Red Dragons aiming to dismantle their northern counterparts and net the first goal of the evening.

Wrexham’s first real opportunity of the second half took until the 58th minute to arise, as Ollie Palmer glided through Harrogate’s backline, before his effort ended up narrowly wide of the post.

The Red Dragons created several half chances, but they ultimately lacked the final touch to separate themselves from their opposition.

Lee found Mullin from a corner, but as the striker weighted his header excellently across goal, the final touch couldn’t be found to convert the opportunity.

As he had done throughout the evening, Lee yet again produced a dangerous cross into the Harrogate box. This time he found Will Boyle, who managed to head goalwards, only for Belshaw to produce a good low save to deny the defender.

Parkinson’s side continued to ramp up the pressure, and he elected to make a triple change in the 78th minute, bringing on Luke Bolton, Jordan Davies and Jack Marriott.

Substitute Luke Young almost managed to come to Wrexham’s rescue with less than two minutes remaining, as he lined up a thunderbolt from 30-yards out which left Belshaw scrambling to tip the ball over the post.

With four minutes added-on, the hosts battled away for a winner, but ultimately it wasn’t to be, as a stubborn Harrogate side defended resolutely to claim a point in North Wales, as Mullin volleyed an effort over in the final seconds of the match.

Wrexham AFC: Okonkwo, Cleworth, O'Connell, Boyle (Marriott 78’), Barnett (Bolton 78’), McClean (C), Cannon (Young 86’), Lee, Mendy (Davies 78’), Mullin, Palmer (Fletcher 64’).

Subs not used: Howard, Tozer.

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Abu, Burrell, Thomson, Cornelius (Sutton 72’), Odoh, Daly, O’Connor, Muldoon, March (Sivi 72’), Gibson (Foulds 45’).

Subs not used: Oxley, Falkingham, Dooley, Bloxham.

Match Attendance: 12,018 (260)

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