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Harrogate Town 2-2 Walsall

Josh Gordon's late equaliser denied Harrogate back-to-back wins as they had to settle for a point against Walsall.

Simon Weaver's men, playing in the Football League for the first time, recovered from conceding an early Rory Holden goal to lead at half-time courtesy of Aaron Martin and Jack Muldoon strikes.

But Gordon earned a share of the spoils when he followed up to net after Joe Cracknell had saved his 81st-minute penalty.

Walsall forged ahead in the fourth minute when Holden emphatically found Cracknell's bottom right corner from 20 yards after Alfie Bates picked him out with a low driven corner from the right.

The hosts almost hit back immediately but Martin's header crashed off the top of the visitors' crossbar.

The former Guiseley striker was not to be denied, though, and he bundled the ball over the line from two yards after an excellent overlapping run down the right by Ryan Fallowfield in the 32nd minute.

Harrogate then went in front after 42 minutes when Muldoon prodded home from five yards after Mark Beck's far-post downward header from a Connor Hall free-kick.

Just past the hour, Walsall's Elijah Adebayo seized on a Josh Falkingham error to race clear on goal but could only hit the outside of an upright after rounding Cracknell.

But the visitors went on to equalise after Holden was pulled down in the penalty box by Hall.

Cracknell dived low to his right to save Gordon's weak spot-kick, but the Walsall striker's blushes were spared when he followed up to side-foot home.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 86th minute when Danny Guthrie, who had earlier been cautioned for a crunching tackle on Muldoon, received his second yellow card for a late challenge on Lloyd Kerry but they held out for a point.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Harrogate

  • 13Cracknell
  • 2FallowfieldBooked at 90mins
  • 5Smith
  • 20Hall
  • 6Burrell
  • 7Thomson
  • 4Falkingham
  • 17Kerry
  • 18Muldoon
  • 9BeckSubstituted forSteadat 72'minutes
  • 10Martin

Substitutes

  • 3Jones
  • 15Kirby
  • 16Stead
  • 23Walker
  • 25Minter
  • 26Lokko

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 2Norman
  • 6Scarr
  • 5J Clarke
  • 3Jules
  • 8Kinsella
  • 12BatesSubstituted forGuthrieat 54'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 10Gordon
  • 22HoldenSubstituted forOsadebeat 83'minutes
  • 15McDonald
  • 11AdebayoSubstituted forLaveryat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Sinclair
  • 9Lavery
  • 13Rose
  • 16Guthrie
  • 21Nurse
  • 23Osadebe
  • 24White
Referee:
James Adcock

Match Stats

Home TeamHarrogateAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Harrogate Town 2, Walsall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Harrogate Town 2, Walsall 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Wesley McDonald.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Fallowfield (Harrogate Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Muldoon.

  5. Booking

    Ryan Fallowfield (Harrogate Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Fallowfield (Harrogate Town).

  7. Post update

    Wesley McDonald (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd Kerry (Harrogate Town).

  9. Post update

    Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Fallowfield (Harrogate Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Kerry.

  11. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Danny Guthrie (Walsall) for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Danny Guthrie (Walsall).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Harrogate Town. Conceded by Dan Scarr.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Emmanuel Osadebe replaces Rory Holden.

  16. Post update

    Josh Falkingham (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Josh Gordon (Walsall).

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Harrogate Town 2, Walsall 2. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Penalty saved! Josh Gordon (Walsall) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Penalty Walsall. James Clarke draws a foul in the penalty area.