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Harrogate Town 0-2 Port Vale

Referee Rebecca Welch made an impressive debut as she became the first woman to be appointed to officiate an EFL match in Port Vale's 2-0 win at Harrogate.

Welch, 37, made EFL history and her day went unspoilt without any major controversy, barring a contentious decision to wave away Harrogate's appeals for a first-half penalty.

Port Vale secured their fifth straight League Two victory with David Worrall scoring against the run of play early in the second half and substitute Kurtis Guthrie making sure of the points in the 90th minute.

Victory saw Darrell Clarke's side leapfrog Harrogate into 15th place in the table, with both sides well clear of relegation trouble.

Welch enjoyed a relatively uneventful first EFL match despite the frantic nature of the contest from kick-off.

Never flustered, the official turned down two first-half penalty appeals from Harrogate, the second of which seemed clearer.

Port Vale defender Leon Legge clattered into the back of Connor Hall in the 31st minute and, despite loud appeals from the home side, Welch waved play on.

Before that Welch turned down an appeal from Harrogate when Jack Muldoon's cross hit Nathan Smith on the hand, but there was little the visiting defender could do about it and, as he did not make his body shape bigger, it appeared the correct decision.

Vale goalkeeper Scott Brown ensured the game remained goalless at the interval, with a series of crucial first-half saves.

Brown kept out Mark Beck's header and, after Dan Jones had headed wide for the home side, the Vale keeper blocked two shots in quick succession from Josh McPake and then Muldoon on the rebound.

Harrogate goalkeeper James Belshaw saved well to keep out Devante Rodney's low angled effort before Brown held Muldoon's header just before half-time.

The visitors took the lead against the run of play three minutes after the restart when Worrall burst on to Robinson's pass into the area and smashed an emphatic finish into the roof of the net.

Harrogate chased an equaliser without carving out clear-cut chances and Vale substitute Guthrie made sure of maximum points when he fired home a low shot from the edge of the penalty area in the final minute.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Harrogate

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Belshaw
  • 6Burrell
  • 5Smith
  • 20Hall
  • 3Jones
  • 7ThomsonBooked at 51minsSubstituted forMartinat 67'minutes
  • 17Kerry
  • 4Falkingham
  • 28McPake
  • 18MuldoonSubstituted forKiernanat 79'minutes
  • 9Beck

Substitutes

  • 2Fallowfield
  • 10Martin
  • 14Kiernan
  • 22Francis
  • 25Minter
  • 27Williams

Port Vale

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Brown
  • 6Smith
  • 5Legge
  • 16Brisley
  • 11MontañoSubstituted forOlagunjuat 90+1'minutes
  • 8OyelekeSubstituted forTaylorat 63'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 10ConlonBooked at 61mins
  • 7Worrall
  • 12RobinsonSubstituted forCullenat 83'minutes
  • 21RodneySubstituted forGuthrieat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Cullen
  • 14Guthrie
  • 17Taylor
  • 19Amoo
  • 27Hurst
  • 32Scott
  • 33Olagunju
Referee:
Rebecca Welch

Match Stats

Home TeamHarrogateAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Harrogate Town 0, Port Vale 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Harrogate Town 0, Port Vale 2.

  3. Post update

    Connor Hall (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Port Vale).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Warren Burrell.

  6. Post update

    Lloyd Kerry (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jake Taylor (Port Vale).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Mustapha Olagunju replaces Cristian Montaño.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Harrogate Town 0, Port Vale 2. Kurtis Guthrie (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Taylor.

  10. Post update

    Connor Hall (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Brisley (Port Vale).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Kerry (Harrogate Town).

  13. Post update

    Kurtis Guthrie (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Beck (Harrogate Town) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Belshaw.

  15. Post update

    Lloyd Kerry (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Cristian Montaño (Port Vale).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Shaun Brisley.

  18. Post update

    Brendan Kiernan (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tom Conlon (Port Vale).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Mark Cullen replaces Theo Robinson.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge402181160372371
2Cheltenham392091053351869
3Tranmere391810115247564
4Bolton391810114844464
5Forest Green391711115044662
6Morecambe38188125351262
7Newport38179124839960
8Exeter3815121160431757
9Leyton Orient39169144440457
10Salford3814131144311355
11Bradford381510134543255
12Carlisle37166155144754
13Stevenage401217113534153
14Crawley391410154953-452
15Port Vale40148185252050
16Harrogate39147184044-449
17Oldham40139185966-748
18Scunthorpe37137173845-746
19Mansfield40918134551-645
20Walsall39819123946-743
21Barrow38119184548-342
22Colchester40817153754-1741
23Southend39811202352-2935
24Grimsby39713193057-2734
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