Harrogate Town 2-2 Shaw Lane AFC
A very respectable 2-2 Draw against Harrogate Town saw the Ducks continue their build up to Saturday 12th August's Evo-Stik Northern Premier opener away at Sutton Coldfield Town
A very respectable 2-2 Draw against Harrogate Town saw the Ducks continue their build up to Saturday 12th August's Evo-Stik Northern Premier opener away at Sutton Coldfield Town.
Chilaka almost marked his return to The CNG Stadium with a goal inside the first two minutes as the striker tried a trademark turn that narrowly missed the far post.
It was Harrogate that took the lead though, as Thewlis met Ryan Fallowfield’s pacy cross to put past Jon Stewart with six minutes gone.
Thewlis was inches away from his second of the evening soon after as the forward raced in behind our back line and dinked over the ‘keeper, only to see his finish bounce back off the post.
Chilaka got off the mark on 32 minutes , the striker collected possession on the edge of the Town box and shot powerfully past the Harrogate goalkeeper.
With just under a minute until the break, Belshaw pulled off a stunning one handed save to keep out Damian Reeves’ close range header.
With both sides taking advantage of pre-season and making changes, the second half took a while to get going.
It was Shaw Lane who would find the net next though, as Byrne curled a free kick into the top left corner after a foul by Toby Lees marginally outside the box.
It was chance after chance for Shaw Lane with some nice wide play and some lovely give and go passing and was unlucky not to be 1-3 up.
However we didn’t make our chances pay. Thomson had the chance to pull his side level after a quick counter attack saw second half Dominic Knowles play in the forward who powered over the bar.
With 11 minutes to go substitute Knowles created the equaliser, chasing down Jack Emmett’s through ball and pulling back into the path of Falkingham who fired low under Stewart to ensure the contest ended level.
It was a great workout for both teams and we should be extremely happy with our performance against a full time outfit.