Lloyd Kerry 'shows his class' in Harrogate Town's Wembley success

Simon Weaver singled midfielder Lloyd Kerry out for praise after Harrogate Town's FA Trophy final victory over Concord Rangers.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 1:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 1:22 pm
Lloyd Kerry keeps his eye on the ball during Harrogate Town's 1-0 win over Concord Rangers at Wembley. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

At 32 years of age, the long-serving former Sheffield United trainee was the second-oldest Sulphurites player on the field, but delivered a typically energetic performance in the engine room - despite struggling to sleep the night before the game.

He passed the ball as well as anyone in Harrogate colours, switching the play to good effect on numerous occasions as the North Yorkshire club sought to break down the Beach Boys' five-man defence.

And Kerry, who was named Harrogate Advertiser Star Man, also got forward from the centre of the park to threaten the Concord goal in the first half before creating a goal-scoring opportunity for Brendan Kiernan late on.

Sulphurites boss Simon Weaver.

Lloyd Kerry was man of the match," Weaver reflected.

“It was another unbelievable performance from a man who only had three hours sleep the night before the game because he was so excited.

“He just absolutely epitomises everything we want at this club - a good player who is honest, but has that edge about him that you need.

“He showed his class. I said at half-time, Lloyd was the one player who was switching the play and committing to the pass, he was zinging it out there and doing what we needed him to do.

“I’m just so proud of him, he’s come a long way with the club and I’m looking forward to having a beer with him and celebrating this success.”