Exeter City vs Harrogate Town: Match Report

Harrogate Town 0-0 Exeter City

A game that was put back from a 6:30 Kick off to a 7 pm kick-off to try and make the pitch playable but still. Ten-man Harrogate Town should have been an easy win for Matt Taylor’s Exeter City but it ended up as a boring 0-0 draw. 

Warren Burrell was sent off after 73 minutes for a second yellow after two late tackles on Exeter’s Jack Sparkes. Exeter, who are currently enduring their worst run of the season having not won in five games in all competitions, only tested home goalkeeper James Belshaw once all evening.

Exeter had the better of the first-half opportunities with striker Ryan Bowman intercepting a poor back pass by Jake Lawlor, but he prodded the ball wide after Belshaw had charged off his line.

Josh Key also failed to capitalise on sloppy Harrogate defending by Jay Williams and Connor Hall when he could only drag a chance off target from 10 yards after being presented with a free shot on goal that he should have scored.

After the break, the home side carried the greater attacking threat with striker Aaron Martin denied his first goal in 11 outings in all competitions when Grecians goalkeeper Jonny Maxted displayed brilliant reflexes to keep out his low eight-yard drive.

That momentum was lost a little when Burrell received his second yellow card after halting Exeter substitute Jack Sparkes in his tracks twice in the space of six minutes, but Simon Weaver’s men also came under little threat at the other end with Exeter only having one shot on target all game.

The game ended 0-0 but Exeter should have won it. With 63% possession and 13 shots, you would normally bet on Exeter scoring at least two goals. Every game counts now and if Exeter can’t win with those sort of stats then can they really go up as everyone predicted at the start of the season?

My Man of the Match would be Maxted as he stopped an upset multiple times and my flop of the game would be Hartridge because of his poor distribution.

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