Match ends, Harrogate Town 3, Hartlepool United 1.
Harrogate Town 3-1 Hartlepool United
Harrogate eased to a first National League win in six games with a home victory over Hartlepool.
They opened the scoring after just four minutes when Michael Raynes' attempted clearance ricocheted into the path of Lloyd Kerry and his close-range shot went in off the knee of goalkeeper Scott Loach.
The home side were awarded a penalty five minutes later after Carl Magnay was penalised for a shirt-pull, but George Thomson's kick was superbly saved by Loach.
Nicke Kabamba, one of three debutants for Hartlepool, brought a fine save from James Belshaw with a powerful header shortly afterwards and Raynes headed over from a corner.
Jack Muldoon thumped in a second for Harrogate early in the second half after Nicky Featherstone dwelt on the ball, but Hartlepool got one back when Kabamba turned home from close in after 57 minutes.
Harrogate made it 3-1 in the 68th minute when Muldoon broke clear down the left and sent over a cross for Mark Beck to loop in a header off the crossbar.
Jake Cassidy was not too far away from a second for Hartlepool, while Kerry was denied his second goal of the game at the death.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 8EmmettSubstituted forKnowlesat 81'minutes
- 9BeckBooked at 86minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 90'minutes
- 18MuldoonSubstituted forWoodsat 79'minutes
- 16FeatherstoneSubstituted forKiosoat 59'minutes
- 5MagnaySubstituted forAndersonat 46'minutes
- 33JamesSubstituted forHawkesat 62'minutes
- Leigh Doughty
Second Half ends, Harrogate Town 3, Hartlepool United 1.
Substitution, Harrogate Town. Aaron Williams replaces Mark Beck.
Mark Beck (Harrogate Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Substitution, Harrogate Town. Dominic Knowles replaces Jack Emmett.
Substitution, Harrogate Town. Michael Woods replaces Jack Muldoon.
Goal! Harrogate Town 3, Hartlepool United 1. Mark Beck (Harrogate Town).
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Hawkes replaces Luke James.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Peter Kioso replaces Nicky Featherstone.
Goal! Harrogate Town 2, Hartlepool United 1. Nicke Kabamba (Hartlepool United).
Goal! Harrogate Town 2, Hartlepool United 0. Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town).
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Myles Anderson replaces Carl Magnay.
Second Half begins Harrogate Town 1, Hartlepool United 0.
First Half ends, Harrogate Town 1, Hartlepool United 0.
Goal! Harrogate Town 1, Hartlepool United 0. Lloyd Kerry (Harrogate Town).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.