Carlisle United 1 Harrogate Town 1: Advertiser player ratings

Harrogate Town bounced back from their 3-0 home defeat to Oldham Athletic with a much-improved performance on the road at Carlisle United.

George Thomson competes for the ball with Carlisle United's Nick Anderton. Pictures: Matt Kirkham
George Thomson competes for the ball with Carlisle United's Nick Anderton. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

Jack Muldoon's 11th-minute strike looked as if it would be enough to earn the Sulphurites all three points at Brunton Park, though the Cumbrians eventually managed a late equaliser.

Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver's players performed during Saturday's League Two encounter.

Joe Cracknell 6 - Untested until the Carlisle equaliser, though there were a couple of nervy moments. Showed bravery late on, taking a clattering when coming to collect a good delivery into his box.

Josh McPake runs at the Carlisle defence.

Warren Burrell 6 - Made some important blocks and clearances in the second half, but didn’t threaten much going forward and almost scored a calamitous own goal late on.

Will Smith 7 - A solid afternoon's work from the centre-half, however he may feel that he should have done better with a headed chance in the first 45.

Connor Hall 7 - A much better showing from Hall than some of the performances he has produced in recent weeks. Always looked in control of the situation and helped limit United to just the one shot on target.

Dan Jones 6 - Restored at full-back following injury, he got forward plenty down the left though his delivery was erratic. Also gave away the free-kick from which Town were pegged back.

George Thomson 8 - The glue that brought the front-four together, Harrogate's right-winger was always available for a pass and looking to create chances for his team-mates.

Josh Falkingham 7 - The skipper played well alongside Lloyd Kerry, whom he looks most comfortable with in central midfield. Played some incisive passes and made some good forward runs.

Lloyd Kerry 7 - Impressive alongside Falkingham. Very alert when it came to to winning second balls and knowing when to break forward from midfield.

Josh McPake 8 - Another impressive outing for the Glasgow Ranger loanee. His recent goals look to have done him a world of good, his work-rate has improved as has decision-making in and around the box. Perhaps unfortunate not to have won his side a penalty on two occasions.

Jack Muldoon 8 - ADVERTISER STAR MAN. Always a threat to Carlisle with his combination play and clever movement. Conjured up a quality finish from an incredibly narrow angle for his 14th of the season.

Jon Stead 8 - Played well for the 65 minutes he was on the field before being replaced by Beck. Controversially saw an early strike ruled out for an offside following what was a very composed finish.


Mark Beck (on for Stead, 66) 6 - Had a tough job in replacing the impressive Stead, but showed a couple of moments of quality.