Harrogate Town 4 Skelmersdale United 1: Advertiser player ratings

Harrogate Town eased past Skelmersdale United on Friday evening to secure safe passage through to the second round of the FA Cup.

By Rhys Howell
Saturday, 7th November 2020, 12:18 pm
Updated Saturday, 7th November 2020, 12:24 pm
Calvin Miller in action for Harrogate Town during Friday night's FA Cup first round win over Skelmersdale United. Pictures: Getty Images
Calvin Miller in action for Harrogate Town during Friday night's FA Cup first round win over Skelmersdale United. Pictures: Getty Images

Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver's players performed in front of the live BT Sport cameras.

Joe Cracknell 5 - Beaten by a fine finish, but his kicking was poor throughout the evening. Not a convincing display.

Warren Burrell 6 - Solid in the right-back position and got forward plenty. Calm throughout.

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The Town players celebrate taking a 2-0 lead in first-half stoppage-time.

Jake Lawlor 7 - Stepped in well a couple of times to make interceptions or break up Skem attacks. Got his name on the score-sheet with a deflected close-range strike.

Kevin Lokko 7 - Found himself in one-on-one situations with visiting attackers on a number of occasions, but seemed to relish the challenge. Confident and composed enough to dribble past opponents and bring the ball out of defence. Twice went close to scoring.

Dan Jones 6 - Steady enough at left-back, though he gave away a couple of cheap free-kicks and was booked for kicking the ball way in frustration. Busted a gut to get forward on the overlap and provide extra width down the left.

Tom Walker 7 - Unleashed a couple of decent long-range efforts as well as supplying the perfect free-kick delivery for Mark Beck to head home. A better performance, but still doesn’t appear to have quite found his rhythm in Harrogate colours.

Harrogate centre-half Kevin Lokko.

Josh Falkingham 8 - Returned from suspension to provide Town with what was so very obviously missing during their midweek defeat to Tranmere. Barked out orders and encouragement during the moments in the game when his team-mates dropped off and started to drift. Always wanted the ball and dictated the play.

Connor Kirby 6 - He and Falkingham were outnumbered in the centre of the park and although he got through a steady night’s work, may feel he could have asserted himself on proceedings a bit more.

Calvin Miller 7 - Got his team off to the ideal start by popping up at the back post and breaking the deadlock within 60 seconds of kick-off. Demonstrated his quick feet with a couple of nice bursts in the first period.

Jack Muldoon 6 - Looked bright and confident, however he might be disappointed not to have finished a one-one-one opportunity presented to him by Joe Herbert’s mistake shortly before half-time.

Connor Kirkby challenges Skem's Josh Peet for possession.

Mark Beck 8 - ADVERTISER STAR MAN. A timely reminder of just what an effective player he can be on his day. Completely dominant in the air, he held the ball up well, linked the play intelligently and scored a decent goal. Now needs to show that he can be just as influential when up against League Two centre-halves.

Substitutes:

Brendan Kiernan (on for Walker, 63) 7 - Delivered the exactly the kind of performance from the bench that his manager will have wanted. Ran at pace at a tiring back-line, took on and beat defenders and set up Aaron Martin for a chance he should have converted.

George Thomson (on for Miller, 63) 7 - Showed he can be just as effective on the left wing as he is down the right. Provided an assist for Town’s third of the night and nearly had a second when Lokko fired his cut-back against a post.

Aaron Martin (on for Muldoon, 69) 7 - Found the net with a very good header and should have bagged another from Kiernan’s pass. Tiring Skelmersdale struggled to cope with his pace and power.