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Harrogate Town 0-1 Southend United

Ashley Nathaniel-George's second goal of the season earned relegation-threatened Southend a precious 1-0 win at Harrogate in League Two.

The Shrimpers scored only their second goal in eight away outings - the other was a Nathaniel-George penalty - but his 69th-minute strike proved sufficient against a Harrogate team who suffered a third straight defeat.

In the first half, Josh McPake burst through the right channel and called Shrimpers goalkeeper Mark Oxley into action at his near post.

After 25 minutes, the on-loan Rangers winger then bulldozed his way through the heart of the away defence only to be denied by Oxley again, with Jack Muldoon's follow-up attempt also finding the former Hibernian shot-stopper.

After the break, a mistake by Harrogate defender Warren Burrell gifted Simeon Akinola a free run on the home goal but James Belshaw was quick out of his goal to smother the danger.

Brendan Kiernan stabbed a shot against the bar following good work from Muldoon but three minutes later Southend forged ahead.

Alan McCormack's drive was kicked off the line by Connor Hall but only as far as Nathaniel-George, who found an inviting net from 10 yards.

Muldoon might have still secured a share of the spoils for Harrogate but he dragged wastefully wide from 12 yards late on.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Harrogate

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Belshaw
  • 6Burrell
  • 5Smith
  • 20HallBooked at 87mins
  • 3Jones
  • 30PowerSubstituted forKiernanat 39'minutes
  • 7Thomson
  • 4Falkingham
  • 28McPakeSubstituted forFrancisat 72'minutes
  • 18Muldoon
  • 10MartinSubstituted forBeckat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fallowfield
  • 9Beck
  • 14Kiernan
  • 22Francis
  • 25Minter
  • 27Williams

Southend

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Oxley
  • 24DemetriouBooked at 44mins
  • 48WhiteSubstituted forCordnerat 45'minutes
  • 5HobsonBooked at 67mins
  • 12Clifford
  • 20Nathaniel-GeorgeBooked at 90minsSubstituted forBwomonoat 90+6'minutes
  • 44Ferguson
  • 4McCormackBooked at 63minsSubstituted forTaylorat 77'minutes
  • 7OlayinkaSubstituted forHolmesat 70'minutes
  • 18Acquah
  • 9Akinola

Substitutes

  • 2Bwomono
  • 6Cordner
  • 10Goodship
  • 13Seaden
  • 28Taylor
  • 29Mellis
  • 30Holmes
Referee:
Leigh Doughty

Match Stats

Home TeamHarrogateAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Harrogate Town 0, Southend United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Harrogate Town 0, Southend United 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Southend United. Emile Acquah tries a through ball, but Elvis Bwomono is caught offside.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Elvis Bwomono replaces Ashley Nathaniel-George because of an injury.

  5. Booking

    Ashley Nathaniel-George (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Booking

    Connor Hall (Harrogate Town) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ed Francis (Harrogate Town).

  8. Post update

    Kyle Taylor (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dan Jones.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ed Francis.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ricky Holmes (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simeon Akinola.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Southend United. Kyle Taylor replaces Alan McCormack.

  13. Post update

    Mark Oxley (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Warren Burrell (Harrogate Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Thomson with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Tyler Cordner.

  17. Post update

    Alan McCormack (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Josh Falkingham (Harrogate Town).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emile Acquah (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricky Holmes.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Harrogate Town. Ed Francis replaces Joshua McPake because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge382071157352267
2Cheltenham371981048341465
3Tranmere37189105142963
4Bolton37189104843563
5Forest Green371711949381162
6Morecambe37188115249362
7Newport36169114637957
8Exeter3615111060421856
9Leyton Orient37158144240253
10Salford3613121141301151
11Crawley36149134847151
12Bradford36149134041-151
13Stevenage381116113333049
14Carlisle35146154744348
15Harrogate37146174042-248
16Scunthorpe36136173845-745
17Oldham38129175564-945
18Port Vale38128184952-344
19Mansfield38917124549-444
20Walsall37817123946-741
21Colchester38815153653-1739
22Barrow36108184246-438
23Southend38811192350-2735
24Grimsby37711192855-2732
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