Stevenage FC 1 Harrogate Town 0: Advertiser player ratings

Harrogate Town suffered a first defeat in four League Two outings when they were edged out at Stevenage on Saturday.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 10:05 am
Updated Sunday, 7th March 2021, 10:15 am
Harrogate Town's three-match winning run came to an end when they lost 1-0 at Stevenage on Saturday. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver's men performed at Broadhall Way.

James Belshaw 6 - Not his busiest afternoon between the sticks, but did make one good save with his feet to keep out Danny Newton's back-post header. Beaten one-on-one by Elliott List, though he was always up against it in that situation after being left horribly exposed.

Ryan Fallowfield 5 - Admitted to being guilty of not dealing with the long ball from Stevenage goalkeeper Jamie Cumming which ultimately cost Town the game. Looked a little off the pace at times aside from that.

Town right-back Ryan Fallowfield blocks Stevenage match-winner Elliott List's route to goal.

Will Smith 7 - One of Harrogate's better performers on the day and will feel unfortunate to end up on the losing side. Won almost everything at the back and looked good on the ball.

Warren Burrell 6 - Another solid display at centre-back, his pace proving very useful. Only gets a lower mark than his central defensive partner due to him missing his team's best chance to equalise with a header from George Thomson's delivery.

Dan Jones 6 - Defensively sound and a threat from long throw-ins as usual. Perhaps a little lucky not to give a penalty away for a challenge late on.

Simon Power 6 - Like fellow wideman Josh McPake, he showed glimpses of his ability with bursts of pace and crosses into the box, but drifted in and out of the game.

George Thomson shone once again in the centre of the Sulphurites' midfield.

George Thomson 8 - ADVERTISER STAR MAN. Again shone throughout in central midfield. His ability to spot and play a pass make him the perfect fit and, alongside Lloyd Kerry and Josh Falkingham, he helped Town move the ball effectively and dominate for long periods.

Lloyd Kerry 7 - Got about the pitch well and helped ensure that the visitors had the better of the action, particularly first half, before being replaced in the 63rd minute for the second game running.

Josh McPake 6 - Had his moments and caused the home defence problems, including a cheeky nutmeg that won a dangerous free-kick. Ultimately, however, he couldn't find a chink in the Stevenage armour.

Jack Muldoon 6 - Was handed the start he had been waiting for, but will feel he didn't grab the opportunity with both hands. Looked bright on the ball and a threat on the counter, but will doubtless have liked to have been more involved. Missed a good close-range chance to equalise from Mark Beck's flick-on.

Mark Beck 6 - Cut a frustrated figure due to the lack of service received, resulting in him not having much impact on the contest. Did however win his fair share of flick-ons before being replaced after 72 minutes.

Substitutes:

Josh Falkingham (on for Kerry, 63) 6 - Was straight into the thick of the action, pushing high and pressuring the opposition.

Josh March (on for Beck, 72) 6 - Given 18 minutes plus stoppages to show what he could do and looked lively in that time, nearly winning his side a late penalty with some typically clever forward play.