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Harrogate Town 1 Leigh RMI 1 (FA Trophy)

By Matt Lawton
December 16 2006

A second half penalty from Harrogate striker Danny Holland robbed RMI of FA Trophy glory, but they have a second bite of the cherry in Tuesday nightís replay after another afternoon of John Lamb heroics in the Leigh goal. The pattern of the afternoon became pretty clear even in the early stages when Lamb found himself by far the busier of the two goalkeepers, but he was equal to the challenge presented to him, although he was lucky to escape when Town dangerman Holland had dribbled around him, only to fail to properly connect with the ball and see it trickle agonisingly wide of the target.

It was with RMIís first genuine attack of the game that they took the lead when centre half Gavin Lee-Ellison, scorer of RMIís equaliser in last weekendís 2-1 win at Worcester, met an Andy Roscoe corner in an almost identical fashion, only this time his emphatic header was superbly palmed away by Harrogate goalkeeper James Lindley. The inevitable goalmouth scramble that followed was ended when winger Steve Settle managed to toepoke the ball in to the net and put his side in to a shock lead with just twelve minutes on the clock.

Business as usual was resumed almost immediately afterwards when Lamb manage to keep out a deflected Harrogate strike when he initially seemed to be caught off balance, before he was called in to action to tip the ball over the crossbar after he had previously produced a terrific one-handed save to claw away a goalbound shot.

RMI provided only a sporadic threat with midfielders Hugh McAuley and John Dillon failing to get hold of the ball in the middle of the park, although striker Mark Jackson had a golden opportunity to increase his sideís lead, only for him to get the ball caught under his feet on a quagmire of a field when one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Steve Settle was lively when given the chance, but it was certainly the hosts who were in control at the break, despite RMI holding the goal advantage.

RMI target man Dan Owen had two decent chances to again increase his sideís advantage, but some neat build-up play was finished with only wasteful strikes over the crossbar, with those mistakes eventually punished when RMI captain Andy Roscoe was adjudged to have committed a foul barely inches inside the penalty area, leaving Holland to send Lamb the wrong way with the spot kick and level the scores with twenty five minutes remaining.

The home side had a couple of half chances towards the end of the game, but they will have to do it all again at Hilton Park this coming Tuesday night (December 19th).

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