Eastleigh 2 Harrogate Town 1: Weaver's men fail to capitalise on flying start

Harrogate Town failed to capitalise on a superb start at Eastleigh, losing out by a 2-1 scoreline.

Saturday, 22nd December 2018, 4:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:00 pm
Ryan Fallowfield in action during Harrogate Town's clash with Eastleigh. Picture: Matt Kirkham

Joe Leesley fired Simon Weaver's men ahead within 120 seconds of kick-off, though their hosts were level before half-time and then snatched the points courtesy of an 82nd-minute goal by substitute Cav Miley.

Leesley's opener arrived when he got on the end of James Belshaw's long punt over the top and lashed in a powerful strike.

The next big chance of the afternoon saw the Spitfires restore parity, Ben Williamson sweeping home Josh Hare's low cross in the 27th minute.

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Jack Emmett had the opportunity to restore the Town lead soon afterwards, but could only direct a Ryan Fallowfield ball into the box wide of the mark.

At the other end, Joey Jones teed up Paul McCallum, though he fired over and the sides went into half-time all-square.

Emmett saw an effort held by Eastleigh keeper Max Stryjek moments after the resumption, however there was little in the way of goalmouth action after that.

Leesley did almost add a second, only to see his 79th-minute corner kick hit the top of the cross-bar.

The hosts moved ahead three minutes later following a raid down the centre of the pitch that ended with Mark Yeates playing in Miley, who curled a low shot past Belshaw.

Town did manage to apply some late pressure and George Thomson saw a goal-bound strike blocked on the line by an Eastleigh man, but that was as close as they came.

The match ended with Jack McKnight forcing Belshaw into a good stop with his feet, however the Spitfires had already done enough.

Defeat sees Weaver's team drop one place to fourth in the National League standings.