IN PICTURES - Harrogate Town 2 Solihull Moors 2: Advertiser player ratings

A strong second-half showing saw Harrogate Town fight back from a goal down to earn a point from their opening fixture of the 2019/20 National League season.

Sunday, 4th August 2019, 8:36 am
Harrogate Town v Solihull Moors.
Harrogate Town v Solihull Moors.

Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver's men performed during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Solihull Moors. PICTURES: MATT KIRKHAM.

James Belshaw 8. Kept his team in it with two vital early saves. The game could have been over inside six minutes, but for him.
Warren Burrell 7. The most assured defender in a yellow and black shirt. Made one superbly-timed sliding tackle in the second half. Town looked better with him at centre-half.
Will Smith 5. A real baptism of fire and the young centre-half looked uncomfortable at times, particularly during the opening 45. Substituted due to a hand injury.
Connor Hall 6. A shaky start, but improved as the afternoon wore on. Looked unsettled by the physicality of Nathan Blissett and Paul McCallum early on.
George Smith 6. Steady if unspectacular. Was not able to get forwards from left-back as much as he has done in pre-season.
Brendan Kiernan 8. A dazzling debut, he caused Solihull all sorts of problems with his pace and willingness to run at defenders. Just a shame about the penalty miss.
Josh Falkingham 7. A steady performance in the centre of the pitch by the Harrogate skipper. Put himself about and passed the ball tidily without managing to boss proceedings.
Jack Emmett 6. Did okay without every really getting going. Perhaps still not 100 per cent having missed the start of pre-season through injury.
Joe Leesley 8. ADVERTISER MAN OF THE MATCH. A brilliant goal, an assist and a very positive all-round performance on the left wing.
Mark Beck 8. Did superbly in the air against Solihull's gigantic back-three. Held the ball up to good effect and capped a fine display with a goal.
Jack Muldoon 7. Covered plenty of ground as always and looked to stretch the Moors defence with his pace and movement. Won his side a penalty chasing a lost cause.
Ryan Fallowfield (on for Will Smith, 68) 6. Provided more width down the right and delivered one delicious late cross that Brendan Kiernan should have scored from.
Lloyd Kerry (on for Emmett, 71) 7. Added real bite and energy in the middle of the park.
Jon Stead (on for Muldoon, 81) N/A. Not enough time to make an impression.