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Wrexham 1-1 Harrogate Town: Fallowfield spoils Keates' Wrexham return

Dean Keates
Dean Keates spent over a year in charge of hometown club Walsall before leaving in April 2019

Dean Keates' second spell in charge of Wrexham began with a 1-1 draw at home to Harrogate Town in the National League.

Bobby Grant's sixth goal of the season put Wrexham ahead after six minutes.

But the midfielder missed a second-half penalty, which proved costly as Ryan Fallowfield levelled late on for Harrogate.

Harrogate are now unbeaten in six games and 12th in the table, while Wrexham remain 20th.

Keates has returned to Wrexham as manager after Bryan Hughes left in September following eight games without a win.

The former Dragons midfielder acknowledged he will have to win over some supporters who are unhappy with his departure to Walsall in March 2018.

His side made the perfect start against Harrogate when Grant turned in Jason Oswell's cross to give the hosts an early lead.

Wrexham did not look like a side who started the evening placed just above the bottom four on goal difference.

Luke Young's effort was parried by James Belshaw and Grant saw a shot deflected wide.

Belshaw made a fine save to deny Grant, who minutes later was brought down in the area by George Smith but he blasted his penalty kick over the crossbar.

That gave Harrogate a lifeline and after Christian Dibble had to be at full stretch to deny Jack Muldoon, they levelled with 10 minutes remaining.

Fallowfield fired home from a cross for his first goal of the season to earn a point for Simon Weaver's side, which maintained their unbeaten run and denied Keates a winning start.

Wrexham manager Dean Keates said: "We had chances in the first half and their keeper made a few good saves and we had a good chance in the second half and the keeper's made a good save.

"The penalty's crucial because it gives them a bit of a lift and puts us on the back foot. It was a poor goal to give away. We're disappointed.

"I guess what's happened tonight is the story of the season."

Line-ups

Wrexham

  • 21Dibble
  • 2Barnum-BobbBooked at 90mins
  • 3Jennings
  • 7Summerfield
  • 15BartonSubstituted forTollittat 85'minutes
  • 5PearsonBooked at 84mins
  • 6Lawlor
  • 8Young
  • 14Rutherford
  • 11Grant
  • 12Oswell

Substitutes

  • 9Tollitt
  • 10Redmond
  • 20Wright
  • 31Szczepaniak
  • 35McIntosh

Harrogate

  • 1Belshaw
  • 3SmithBooked at 59mins
  • 20Hall
  • 6BurrellBooked at 31mins
  • 2Fallowfield
  • 22SmithBooked at 51mins
  • 4Falkingham
  • 14KiernanSubstituted forEmmettat 74'minutes
  • 15BradleyBooked at 30minsSubstituted forDiamondat 54'minutes
  • 9BeckBooked at 76mins
  • 18Muldoon

Substitutes

  • 8Emmett
  • 13Cracknell
  • 16Stead
  • 21Brown
  • 23Diamond
Referee:
Lewis Smith
Attendance:
3,435

Live Text

Match ends, Wrexham 1, Harrogate Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wrexham 1, Harrogate Town 1.

Booking

Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Ben Tollitt replaces Adam Barton.

Booking

Shaun Pearson (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Wrexham 1, Harrogate Town 1. Ryan Fallowfield (Harrogate Town).

Booking

Mark Beck (Harrogate Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Harrogate Town. Jack Emmett replaces Brendan Kiernan.

Booking

George Smith (Harrogate Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Harrogate Town. Jack Diamond replaces Alex Bradley.

Booking

Will Smith (Harrogate Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wrexham 1, Harrogate Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Wrexham 1, Harrogate Town 0.

Booking

Warren Burrell (Harrogate Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Alex Bradley (Harrogate Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Wrexham 1, Harrogate Town 0. Bobby Grant (Wrexham).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Halifax16102426141232
2Bromley169522619732
3Yeovil16101528171131
4Barrow169162920928
5Woking167542418626
6Torquay167452924525
7Solihull Moors167362417724
8Notts County166642417724
9Barnet166642219324
10Dag & Red166641918124
11Dover167362123-224
12Harrogate166552018223
13Eastleigh166551920-123
14Boreham Wood166372420421
15Hartlepool155551922-320
16Maidenhead United165381918118
17Aldershot165381720-318
18Stockport155371524-918
19Sutton United163761620-416
20Wrexham163762025-516
21Fylde164482032-1216
22Chesterfield163672128-715
23Chorley161961227-1512
24Ebbsfleet1624101832-1410
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