REPORT | Harrogate Town 0-2 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 25 Jan 2020

Two spectacular goals, from first James Jennings and then JJ Hooper, were the highlights on an afternoon when Wrexham ran out winners in a great game of football and finally broke our 3G hoodoo.

Harrogate can feel rightly disappointed not to have got something for their display, as this was first class game of football played out between two teams who were looking to entertain and they did that in some style.

Both goalkeepers made some top draw saves and it was to take two special goals to decide the outcome.

James Jennings fired his home in the first half from a free kick and JJ Hooper created his out of nothing after the break, both worthy of winning any match

The game got off to a fast start, as after Harrogate had a dangerous cross into the Wrexham box in the first minute, Danny Jarvis then carried the ball up field, found JJ Hooper on the left and the striker’s low shot was saved by James Belshaw diving to his left.

From a home corner on four minutes, three times the Wrexham defence could only scuff their clearances and Harrogate’s fourth effort was finally held by keeper Rob Lainton

Great awareness by Jarvis saw him carry the ball to the edge of the home box, only to be fouled.

This resulted in a free kick for the Reds on 11 minutes and it was despatched by James Jennings over the wall from 22 yards and into the top corner of the next with Belshaw at fill stretch but unable to get near it.

The travelling fans certainly enjoyed that and greeted James as he ran down the side-line in front of them, celebrating the strike.

Harrogate came straight back down the slope and midfielder Jack Diamond stung the fingers tips of Lainton, as the Wrexham man tipped the ball over his cross bar.

From a follow up corner, full back Warren Burrell saw his header come back off a Wrexham post, before it was cleared up field.

On 17 minutes, a long free kick by Shaun Pearson, found Jarvis on the right flank the young midfielder’s rising shot from the angle was not far over the target.

Not long after Pearson had received treatment for a head injury, Harrogate forward Jon Stead managed to turn on the edge of the Wrexham box and fire a low shot that Lainton saved low to his right.

On the half hour, Harrogate worked a nice move down their left and when the cross was pulled back for Josh Falkingham, his shot was deflected away for yet another corner.

A free kick against Summerfield saw a Harrogate free kick 28-yards out, which was blasted against the Wrexham wall and the referee said had hit Jarvis’ arm, so he gave them a second free kick right on the edge of the area.

In turn, this was also hammered against the wall, not once, but twice by Alex Bradley, before the loose ball was eventually cleared.

On 42 minutes, Wrexham broke upfield and Summerfield passed through for Hooper to win, under pressure, before unleashing a 25-yard effort that Belshaw saved well down to his left, just tipping it away for a rare Wrexham corner.

As Wrexham kept the pressure up with a third successive corner, Pearson’s header looked in all the way until Belshaw appeared through the gloom to push it away!

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A sweeping Wrexham attack involving Summerfield and Hooper, saw Jarvis down the right and fire over a teasing low cross that was aimed at Paul Rutherford, but it must have been just in front of him, as he raced in at the back past and was just unable to make contact.

Wrexham were starting the second period as they finished the first, taking the play to their hosts, with Hooper and Jarvis

There was a booking for Diamond, when he arrived late in on Mark Carrington after 56 minutes.

Shortly after the hour, Hooper was set up for a shot, but on this occasion, it was straight at the keeper from 20-yards; then it was Rutherford’s turn to test Belshaw with an angled drive.

Despite Harrogate having a header that was deflected just round a post for a corner, the Reds were quickly to the other end of the park as both Jarvis and Rutherford were both using their pace to good effect.

On 68 minutes, Davis Keillor-Dunn replaced Jarvis, with the ex-Stoke man leaving to a great ovation from the Wrexham fans.

Then on 73 minutes, JJ Hooper grabbed our second of the afternoon, a goal he had no right to score.

It was started by Keillor-Dunn on the right, but back toward the halfway line, he feed a little pass through for Hooper, with nowhere to go beat three players before firing home from the edge of the box.

There was a good away following at Wetherby Road and the PA man announced it as 619 – a fantastic number, who gave tremendous supporter all afternoon.

Kiernan had a dipping shot that was only inches wide of Lainton’s left hand post.

There was a Wrexham debut for latest signing Jordan Ponticelli on 86 minutes, which allowed JJ to leave the field behind one goal and then enjoy a long round of applause as he walked in front of the Wrexham supporters.

With four add minutes on the board, the locals did everything they could give themselves a chance pouring men forward.

Although Ponticelli had a great chance to record his c=first goal in a red shirt when he latched onto a Lainton clearance, but his lob over Belshaw bounced just the wrong side of a post!

In the end it didn’t matter though, as Wrexham heard the final whistle signal a tremendous three points at one of the division’s form teams.

Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Falkingham, Burrell, Emmett (Harratt 71), Bradley, Stead, Kerry, Muldoon (Kiernan 78), Hall, W Smith, Diamond.
Subs: Thomson, Cracknell, Gallacher.

Wrexham: Lainton, Carrington, Kennedy, Pearson, Lawlor, Jennings, Rutherford, Summerfield, Young, Jarvis (Keillor-Dunn 68), Hooper (Ponticelli 86).
Subs: Dibble, Cleworth, Redmond.

Referee: Elliott Swallow (Lancs)
Attendance: 2,415
Away: 619

Bookings –
Diamond (56, foul)
Wrexham: Jarvis (32, handball), Lainton (79, time wasting)

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