Harrogate Town 3 Colchester United 0: Advertiser player ratings

Harrogate Town moved up to 10th place in the League Two standings courtesy of Tuesday night's 3-0 success over struggling Colchester United.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:05 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:10 am
Harrogate Town goalkeeper James Belshaw made three important saves during his side's win over Colchester United. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver's men performed as they secured a fourth win in five matches.

James Belshaw 8 - ADVERTISER STAR MAN. Although Town won comfortably in the end, if it wasn't for a trio of very good saves from their goalkeeper, Colchester might have had a chance of getting back into the game during the second half. In addition to those three key stops, his handling was also flawless when it came to the more routine stuff.

Ryan Fallowfield 8 - Having been at fault for Stevenage's winner last time out he delivered a good performance at right-back, capped by an excellent late block. Will claim an assist for Harrogate's second goal. Provided useful width on the overlap with George Thomson often tucking inside.

Will Smith races clear to put the Sulphurites 2-0 up.

Will Smith 8 - Showed the composure of a seasoned centre-forward to stroll through on the United goal and calmly slot the ball past Shamal George to put his team 2-0 up. Sound defensively, too. Won plenty in the air, as he does every week.

Warren Burrell 7 - Kept things pretty simple, sweeping up next to Smith fairly well. The extra bit of pace which he adds to the back-line came in handy against a lively Colchester front-three.

Dan Jones 7 - One of his trademark long throw-ins let to a decent chance for Smith and he generally kept things fairly tight down his side of the pitch.

George Thomson 8 - Continued his fine recent form. Probably not quite as influential overall back on the right-hand-side of midfield following an extended spell playing in the engine room, but still had a big impact on proceedings. Tidy throughout, his passes created a chance for Fallowfield and two for Josh McPake, the second of which led to Town's third goal.

Josh McPake is denied by United goalkeeper Shamal George.

Josh Falkingham 7 - Bright, busy and intense with and without the ball. The skipper ensured that there was a good tempo about most of his team's play on the night.

Lloyd Kerry 7 - Played a nicely-weighted pass to tee-up Mark Beck's opener. Otherwise, was as industrious as ever and, while this might not have been a stand-out display in terms of what he did in possession, it's a lot of the unseen work he gets through that allows Town to function so effectively as a unit.

Josh McPake 7 - Goal was a reward for his perseverance having missed a very similar chance just three minutes before he did eventually make it 3-0. Needed to look after the ball better at times, but a decent enough showing on the whole.

Mark Beck 8 - His first-minute goal was a classy one and ultimately provided the perfect platform for Harrogate to go on and win the game comfortably. Looked spent by the time he was replaced, but caused the visiting centre-halves plenty of problems. Competed well in the air despite being fouled persistently and also showed a few nice touches on the deck.

Josh March 7 - Good link-up play from him helped set-up Beck's early strike and there was a threat about him as he buzzed around the Colchester rearguard. Showed real pace and desire to try and get to McPake's through-ball ahead of goalkeeper George, but that collision led to him hurting his right knee and forced his early departure.

Substitutes:

Jack Muldoon (on for March, 23) 7.

Ed Francis (on for Kerry, 69) 7.

Brendan Kiernan (on for McPake, 69) 6.

Aaron Martin (on for Beck, 80) N/A.