Football: Town close season with dramatic Vauxhall victory

NADV 1304237AM2 H'gate Town V Guiseley. Craig McGillivray (1304237AM2)
NADV 1304237AM2 H'gate Town V Guiseley. Craig McGillivray (1304237AM2)

Harrogate Town ended the 2012-13 Blue Square Bet North season with a dramatic 1-0 win away at Vauxhall Motors.

In a game which saw Town reduced to nine men and playing the final seven minutes without an official goalkeeper, they held on to clinch three points and sixth place in the table.

The visitors had some good early chances with Colin Larkin and Michael Woods setting up Dan Clayton for an attempt on goal, Woods going close wtih a shot shortly after.

Dave Merris nearly opened the scoring with a 30-yard free kick which blazed the far post, before Clayton hit the crossbar.

Adam Bolder and Danny Forrest were brought on for Dwayne Samuels and Paul Bolland early in the second half, but as it progressed, a nil-nil draw looked increasingly likely.

However, in the 83rd minute the drama began.

‘Keeper Craig McGillivray suffered a serious leg injury when racing out to deny Stephen Wainwright, the youngster stretchered off and later taken to hospital.

A suspected fracture later turned out to be severe bruising, but for the second time in a week, Matt Bloomer took over between the sticks as Town had used all their subs.

After a long delay, Forrest finally opened Town’s account in the 89th minute when Larkin freed him up down the left, cutting back in to fire past Vauxhall’s Zac Jones.

Woods was then shown the red card after a scuffle in the corner, but somehow Town held on to victory in five minutes of injury time to claim their highest ever finish under Simon Weaver.

Meantime, HARROGATE RAILWAY were beaten 1-0 at home to Mossley in the EvoStik First Division North, while TADCASTER ALBION lost out 4-3 to Brighouse in the NCEL Premier.

HARLOW HILL won the Harrogate League Senior Cup with a 2-1 win over Beckwithshaw Saints, while BARDSEY, RIPON CITY and WETHERBY ATHLETIC were all held to 1-1 draws in the West Yorkshire Premier.