VIDEO: Ten-man Harrogate Town hold Stalybridge

Heroic Harrogate Town held Stalybridge Celtic to a 0-0 Blue Square North draw despite playing with ten men for 80 minutes.

However, results elsewhere mean Town’s play-off hopes have been dashed this season.

Colin Larkin came closest to breaking the deadlock

Colin Larkin came closest to breaking the deadlock

Town ‘keeper Jose De Veiga was sent off after ten minutes, having handled the ball outside his box in an attempt to halt an approaching Stalybridge attack.

And Matt Bloomer stepped forward to take his place in goal, having an instant impact as Town were able to deal with the resulting free-kick and following corner.

Town tightened up and Stalybridge were unable to press home their man advantage in the opening period.

Town dominated the midfield battle, and Bloomer was able to deal with the few shots that came his way.

And Town came out fighting after the break, with Dan Clayton and Colin Larkin going close in the early stages.

Michael Woods worked tirelessly down the right wing, crossing perfectly with 20 minutes left, but Larkin could not connect.

Stalybridge brought on fresh legs and began to look dangerous on the break, and twice went close to breaking the deadlock in a five-minute period of sustained pressure.

Town manager Simon Weaver handed Harrogate Railway playmaker Danny Hull his first appearance for the Blue Square North club, and he did well to get into space and try to make his mark at the CNG.

Town began to feel the heat as Stalybridge pressed forward, but Weaver’s troops held on for a point.

Harrogate Town: Da Veiga, Bloomer, Merris, Elam, White (Radcliffe, 69), Killock, Samuels, Bolland, Larkin, Woods, Clayton (Hull 60)

Subs not used: Allan, Garbutt, Chilaka

Sent off: Da Veiga (10)

Stalybridge Celtic: Cairns, O’Connor, Lindsay, Platt, Bembo-Leta, Haywood (Gregory, 30), Buckley, Wilkinson, Parkhouse (Austin, 60), Warburton, Hall

Subs not used: Lees

Referee: G Fyvie

Attendance: 430