Walsall FC 0 Harrogate Town 0: Advertiser player ratings

Harrogate Town ended a run of three consecutive League Two defeats when they held out for a 0-0 draw at Walsall.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 8:28 am
Updated Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 8:32 am
Harrogate Town striker Aaron Martin was substituted at half-time during Good Friday's goalless draw at Walsall. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver's men performed during Good Friday's stalemate in the West Midlands.

James Belshaw 9 - ADVERTISER STAR MAN. Town's best player for the third game running - which says a lot. Saved a penalty and produced five other important stops, two of which were absolutely top-drawer. A superb afternoon's work.

Ryan Fallowfield 6 - Delivered a decent 23rd-minute cross for Mark Beck and got forward to good effect as much as he could. Didn't do much wrong in terms of his defensive work.

James Belshaw saved Emmanuel Osadebe's 38th-minute penalty.

Will Smith 6 - Wasn't assertive enough in the first half. Too often reactive rather than proactive. Better in the second, however, as he powered through the back of opponents to make sure he won his headers.

Connor Hall 6 - Like his partner in the centre of defence, he improved after the interval following some uncertain moments. Missed his kick on a couple of occasions, which is very uncharacteristic.

Dan Jones 5 - Okay defensively and make one crucial block from Josh Gordon to prevent what looked a certain goal, but long throw-ins were ineffective and he was consistently careless in possession.

George Thomson 6 - Quite simply, he isn't as effective out on the right as he is in the middle. Was still one of Town's better performers and linked nicely with Fallowfield at times. Presented with four shooting opportunities around the edge of the box in the second half and was visibly frustrated not to make any of them count.

Josh Falkingham 6 - The only man in a blue shirt who played with any real intensity during the opening period. Did okay without being able to boss proceedings as does when at his best.

Warren Burrell 5 - Perhaps a bit unfortunate to give away a penalty, but also guilty of a poor attempted back-pass that put Belshaw in trouble. Replaced at half-time.

Jack Muldoon 6 - Looked off the pace operating as a left-winger during the first period. Much brighter after the break and caused Walsall some problems with his movement up front. Shanked Town's best chance of the match, however.

Aaron Martin 5 - Wasn't in the game at all during the first half. Too many loose touches. Didn't reappear for the second 45.

Mark Beck 6 - Headed Harrogate's one decent first-half opening over the bar and saw an effort blocked shortly after the resumption. Won his fair share of first contacts, producing a couple of useful flick-ons. There were also one or two moments of neat link-up play in the second period.

Substitutes:

Lloyd Kerry (on for Burrell, 46) 7 - Only played half the match but was the Sulphurites' best outfield player. Made a massive difference following his introduction, adding bite and intensity in the centre of the park. His presence helped make the visitors competitive.

Josh McPake (on for Martin, 46) 7 - Another who made a good impression from the bench. Ran at defenders with confidence and drove Harrogate up the pitch. Delivered two useful crosses, though overall his end product could still have been a bit better.