Harrogate Town 5 Cambridge United 4: Advertiser player ratings

A much-changed Harrogate Town side beat League Two title-hopefuls Cambridge United in a nine-goal thriller on Friday evening.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 7:42 am
Updated Saturday, 1st May 2021, 7:44 am
Harrogate Town centre-half Kevin Lokko celebrates his 84th-minute winner against Cambridge United. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver s players performed at the EnviroVent Stadium.

Joe Cracknell 7 - Unfortunate to concede four, but that wasn’t a reflection of his performance given the pressure Cambridge applied. He kept out seven strikes to keep his side in with a chance of winning.

Ryan Fallowfield 8 - Two assists in the opening 15 minutes prove just how much of an attacking threat he is down the right-hand side and he could have had more. Delivery and energy levels were outstanding throughout.

Norwich City loanee William Hondermarck made his first start in Harrogate colours.

Will Smith 7 - Was up against arguably the division’s best front-two in Paul Mullin and Joe Ironside, but looked up for the fight from minute one alongside Kevin Lokko for the first time.

Kevin Lokko 8 - Incredibly strong at the back and didn’t look out of place for someone who hadn’t featured since November. His composed late winner capped off an excellent display.

Mitch Roberts 6 - The Birmingham City loanee looked lively down the left and produced some good crosses into the box before being replaced in the 67th minute by Warren Burrell.

George Thomson 8 - Could maybe have done with a night off like some of his team-mates, but you couldn’t tell that from his performance which was full of quality and graft. Combines so well with Fallowfield down the right flank.

Brendan Kiernan completes his hat-trick.

Ed Francis 7 - Saw plenty of the ball, particularly as the game went on. Put in plenty of important challenges and showed his ability in possession.

Jay Williams 6 - Got through a lot of good work in central midfield but understandably looked leggy late on. Booked for giving away the penalty that led to Cambridge making it 4-4.

William Hondermarck 7 - Struggled to make an impact out on the left wing in the first period, though he looked much more at home when moved to central midfield. Was able to get about the pitch and make an impact at both ends in his preferred position.

Brendan Kiernan 9 - ADVERTISER STAR MAN. A superb display, fully deserving of the match ball. Cambridge just couldn’t cope with his pace and direct play and the hat-trick hero has surely played his way into boss Weaver’s plans for Monday's FA Trophy final showdown.

Mark Beck 7 - Got himself on the scoresheet with some good forward play when he got on the end of Fallowfield’s cross and was a force in the air, flicking the ball on for Kiernan to run on to.