How did Harrogate Town newboy Aaron Martin fare on his debut ?

Simon Weaver declared himself pleased with debutant Aaron Martin's contribution to Saturday's National League play-off semi-final success over Boreham Wood.

Tuesday, 28th July 2020, 10:19 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 3:17 pm
Aaron Martin made his Harrogate Town debut against Boreham Wood. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

The powerhouse striker, who signed from Guiseley shortly before 2019/20 was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis, made his first appearance in yellow and black as his new club set up a Wembley date with Notts County.

Twenty-nine-year-old Martin was handed a starting berth up top alongside Jack Muldoon, replacing veteran Jon Stead in Weaver's line-up.

And he wasted little time making his presence felt, competing well with the visitors' gigantic central-defensive unit during a 1-0 victory for the host team.

Aaron Martin, centre, and Town team-mate Will Smith compete for a high ball.

"I thought Aaron was a bundle of energy," said Weaver.

"He grew in stature. He lost his first three of four headers, but then he won his fifth and there was a grunt there and you've got to allow a debutant on such a massive occasion, at a higher level than what he's played before a bit of time, a bit of breathing space.

"He's got the character to come through and he'll deserve his success."

In terms of Martin's goal-threat, he managed four shots, two of which were on target.

Only a stunning reaction save at his near post by Wood custodian Nathan Ashmore prevented the ex-Brighouse Town attacker from marking his debut in perfect fashion.

Martin also spun neatly on the edge of the box before firing wide of the mark and missed his kick when trying to get on the end of a dangerous cross into the penalty area.

"Aaron has got a nous for being in the right spot at the right time," Weaver added.

"He's mobile and physical. He gets up well [in the air] but also gets into great areas.

"Their goalkeeper had to pull off a great save to prevent him from scoring."

Aaron Martin stats v Boreham Wood:

Minutes played - 62

Total shots - 4

Shots on target - 2

Free-kicks won - 1

Free-kicks conceded - 2

Aerial duels won - 11

Hold-up play - 77% success rate.

Statistics courtesy of Jonathan Lally, Harrogate Town.