Concord Rangers 0 - 1 Harrogate Town: Skipper Josh Falkingham secures historic Wembley double

Harrogate Town won their second game at Wembley within the space of a year as they secured a 1-0 FA Trophy Final success over Concord Rangers.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 7:27 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd May 2021, 7:28 pm

A matter of months after beating Notts County in the National League Play-Off Final, the Wetherby Road side eased past National League South side Concord thanks to a second-half strike from captain Josh Falkingham.

In a game which Town were expected to win, the League Two side were in complete control for long periods without ever putting their opponents to the sword.

Harrogate Town captain Josh Falkingham celebrates after netting the winner against Concord Rangers at Wembley in the FA Trophy this afternoon. Picture: Getty Images.

The 2020 final, postponed from last season due to the Covid pandemic, saw League Two side Town face a side in Concord who are two leagues below them and who had not played since the decision to halt the National League South was made in February.

Veteran striker Jon Stead had the best of the limited chances in the first half, but despite Town enjoying long periods of possession, they struggled to seriously threaten.

The second half was very much the same story as Harrogate enjoyed 63% of possession and Concord limited in their opportunities to push forward.

But Town's lack of a cutting edge, coupled with the impressive form of goalkeeper Chris Haigh, meant the match remained goalless into the final quarter.

However, Just as it seemed Town might be in for a nervy finale, skipper Falkingham stepped up to deliver a knock-out blow for the Sulphurites.

Striker Jack Muldoon broke away and fired a low shot goalwards which rebounded off the post and straight into the path of the on-rushing Falkingham.

The captain smashed his first-time shot beyond Haigh and shattered the hearts of a brave, but limited Concord side.

Having already secured League Two survival this season, the FA Trophy success will undoubtedly provide further icing on the cake for manager Simon Weaver and his team. The only disappointment for the club was that once again the Town supporters were not there to witness their Wembley heroics.

Manager Simon Weaver said: "It has has been a good solid season for us, our first in League Two, and it is nice to finish this off with a win at Wembley.

"We can finish the season in style and we can take this trophy back home and celebrate with the fans who were not able to be here today. I am sure the people of Harrogate are proud of what we have achieved."