Penalty Denies Harriers A Win: Spennymoor Town 1-1 Harriers
April 17, 2018

Penalty Denies Harriers A Win: Spennymoor Town 1-1 Harriers

For the second time this season Harriers had to share the points with Spennymoor after Town scored a late penalty.

At Aggborough earlier in the season Spennymoor had grabbed themselves a point with a 93rd minute spot-kick, this time round they did it again only on this occasion they saved themselves with a quarter of an hour still to play.

Harriers welcomed back Lee Vaughan to the side after suspension as the only change to the side that had beaten Tamworth at the weekend.  With the pitch at Spennymoor's Brewery Field ground the game was switched to Harrogate Town with its artificial surface that suited Harriers style of play.

The visitors enjoyed the bulk of possession through the first half but it was Spennymoor who came closest to breaking the deadlock first; a pass through the inside-right channel found Mark Anderson but his shot was saved at the near post by Brandon Hall at the expense of a corner.  At the other end Dan Lowson saved from Joe Ironside and Sam Austin while James McQuilkin fired a free-kick over the crossbar.

After the interval a pass from Vaughan set up leading scorer Ironside but after racing clear of the defence he shot narrowly wide of the far post.

The opening goal was not long in coming, though; a patient Harriers build-up after 56 minutes saw Ryan Croasdale feed the ball to Elton Ngwatala who fired 4 30-yard shot past Lowson and in off the bar.  Harriers could have doubled the advantage midway through the half when Declan Weeks' sublime pass set up Manny Sonupé but his shot from a narrow angle was easy for Lowson to deal with.

Spennymoor drew level in the 74th minute when Croasdale was adjudged to have fouled Anderson in the penalty area.  From the spot Glen Taylor just beat the dive of Hall, his shot going in off the keeper's right-hand post.