Match ends, Harrogate Town 0, Southend United 1.
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.
- 20HallBooked at 87mins
- 30PowerSubstituted forKiernanat 39'minutes
- 28McPakeSubstituted forFrancisat 72'minutes
- 10MartinSubstituted forBeckat 64'minutes
- 24DemetriouBooked at 44mins
- 48WhiteSubstituted forCordnerat 45'minutes
- 5HobsonBooked at 67mins
- 20Nathaniel-GeorgeBooked at 90minsSubstituted forBwomonoat 90+6'minutes
- 4McCormackBooked at 63minsSubstituted forTaylorat 77'minutes
- 7OlayinkaSubstituted forHolmesat 70'minutes
- Leigh Doughty
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Harrogate Town 0, Southend United 1.
Offside, Southend United. Emile Acquah tries a through ball, but Elvis Bwomono is caught offside.
Substitution, Southend United. Elvis Bwomono replaces Ashley Nathaniel-George because of an injury.
Ashley Nathaniel-George (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.
Connor Hall (Harrogate Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ed Francis (Harrogate Town).
Kyle Taylor (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dan Jones.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Ed Francis.
Attempt blocked. Ricky Holmes (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simeon Akinola.
Substitution, Southend United. Kyle Taylor replaces Alan McCormack.
Mark Oxley (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jack Muldoon (Harrogate Town).
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.
Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Tyler Cordner.
Alan McCormack (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Josh Falkingham (Harrogate Town).
Attempt blocked. Emile Acquah (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricky Holmes.
Substitution, Harrogate Town. Ed Francis replaces Joshua McPake because of an injury.