Harrogate Town 0 Port Vale 2: Advertiser player ratings

Harrogate Town suffered a fourth defeat in five League Two matches when they were beaten 2-0 by Port Vale.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 10:16 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 10:18 am
Harrogate Town right-back Warren Burrell in action during Easter Monday's home defeat to Port Vale. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver's players performed at Wetherby Road on Easter Monday.

James Belshaw 6 - Pulled off a couple of routine saves to deny Devante Rodney and Kurtis Guthrie. Took a good finish from David Worrall to beat him and, with Connor Hall in his way, he was left unsighted for Vale's second.

Warren Burrell 5 - Unable to really offer anything going forwards from right-back, meaning that Town lacked width down that side of the field. Didn't quite look his usual self.

George Thomson takes aim at the Valiants' goal.

Will Smith 6 - Didn't do too much wrong in the centre of defence, though his recent performances have lacked the kind of authority that he has played with during the majority of his Harrogate career.

Connor Hall 6 - Similar to his partner Smith in that he performed okay and won plenty of headers without really hitting the levels that he has delivered so consistently. Looked to have been fouled inside the Vale box with the game still goalless.

Dan Jones 5 - Sent over one good cross for Aaron Martin at 1-0 and made a couple of decent bursts forward in the first half. But looked to be out of position for the visitors' first goal, was wasteful in possession and his long throw-ins were ineffective.

George Thomson 6 - Produced a couple of inviting set-piece deliveries during the first half that Mark Beck then Hall were unable to finish off. Quiet on the whole, however, and was replaced on 63 minutes.

Josh Falkingham 6 - Stood out in terms of his desire, though the Harrogate captain was unable to drag a performance out of his team-mates after they fell behind.

Lloyd Kerry 6 - ADVERTISER STAR MAN. Assured in a lot of his work. Calm on the ball and competed throughout. Did a decent job in the centre of the park alongside Falkingham.

Josh McPake 6 - A really promising first-half display. He looked very much in the mood and saw one decent effort saved by Scott Brown. Even drifted infield in search of the ball to try and make something happen, but Town just couldn't get him into the match after the interval.

Jack Muldoon 5 - Like McPake, he was bright during the early stages and on another day he might have won his side a penalty following a neat bit of play inside the Vale area. A disappointing second 45.

Mark Beck 5 - Started okay and saw a decent headed chance saved by Brown when he might feel he ought to have scored. Service to him was poor during the second period, but he really struggled to influence proceedings.