Football: Harrogate Town 4 Boston United 2

NADV 1208211AM5 Harrogate Town V Altrincham. Adam Bolder.  (1208211AM5)
NADV 1208211AM5 Harrogate Town V Altrincham. Adam Bolder. (1208211AM5)

Harrogate continued winning ways at home on Tuesday night, beating Boston United 4-2 in Blue Square Bet North.

Simon Weaver’s troops entered the clash on the back of Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Gloucester, where both Dom Knowles and the returning Tom Platt found the net.

Tonight was an opportunity for Town to strengthen their claim on a Blue Square North play-off spot and they made a terrific start in front of the 281-strong crowd.

Platt opened the scoring after seven minutes, tapping in after Boston’s ‘keeper Dan Haystead crashed into Michael Woods.

Woods then doubled their lead with a scorcher nine minutes later, lobbing Haystead from 35 yards.

Town took their 2-0 advantage into the break, but the Pilgrims hit back just after half-time, thanks to a Ben Milne strike from the edge of the box.

Boston got back on level terms when Marc Newsham rose to meet a cross from the left.

But Town regained the upper hand when Adam Nowakowski was pulled down in the box, Dominic Knowles making no mistake with the resulting spot kick.

With Town pushing for another goal in the last ten minutes, Chib Chilaka forced a save out of Haystead.

But it was sub Lee Elam who rounded off a superb night at Wetherby Road, netting Town’s fourth in the 90th minute.

Meantime ‘keeper Craig MacGillivray has been attracting attention from some big names according to Sky Sports.

Their website yesterday claimed that the 20-year-old former Leeds United shotstopper is apparently impressing clubs including Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Doncaster Rovers.

However, Town have said they are yet to receive a formal approach.

Elsewhere tonight, Harrogate Railway drew 1-1 at Salford City in Evo-Stik First Division North, on-loan striker Liam Hardy on target just before half-time.

Meantime, Knaresborough Town won 4-0 at Teversal in NCEL Division One.