EFL Trophy – Groundbreaking trip to Harrogate Town shows no signs of erupting despite defeat to Hull City

Harrogate Town’s Brendan Kiernan under pressure from Hull City’s Brandon Fleming. Picture: Matt Kirkham

In the same week four years ago, the Harrogate Town lost to the home team at Tamworth in the North Conference, so their unbeaten run could extend to six matches.

Brendan Kirnan of Harrogate Town under pressure from Brandon Fleming of Hull City.  ?  Picture: Matt Kirkham
Brendan Kirnan of Harrogate Town under pressure from Brandon Fleming of Hull City. Picture: Matt Kirkham

In contrast, Hull City – the top five division of the Sulfurites – is enjoying a quiet place in the international break following a 2-1 Premier League win over Southampton.

How things have changed now for these Yorkshire clubs, who now separate themselves from just one league and break bread in the Papa Johns Trophy.

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These are the days for Harrogate, when the embarrassing situation is that his fans in the spa town are currently unable to witness him.

Doncaster’s James Copping shot on goal. Picture: Andrew Rowe / AHPix Ltd.

Trying to make history in the FA Cup by reaching the third round for the first time – with the famous name of Blackpool visiting in the second round over the last weekend of November – qualifying from Group H in this competition is also in his writ.

In this first meeting between the clubs, he was the player who started his career at Harrowgate player Cra Cracknell’s Hull Academy, who proved to be a central figure in the frustration against his hometown club – not hitting twice until late.

Substitute James Scott prepared to put Hull 15 minutes ahead of time and added another from the spot after calling the night’s captain-for-the-night, Culum Jones, by the name of Dan Jones.

It was difficult at Cracknell, who showed Tom Ives and Martin Samuelsen the key to the denial key, while Brandon Fleming’s shot in the first half turned into a post during the Tigers’ purposeful spell before the break.

Bradford’s Jackson Longridge (left) and Tyler French celebrate after Oldham Athletic’s Will Sutton (pictured) scored his own goal. Picture: P.A.

A brave hurdle at Scott’s feet continued his amazing night on the resume, saving him a very good save by watching him turn the roaring half-volley from Cullum Jones. But the visiting captain will have his moment.

Harrogate’s best two chances fell at the feet of Brendan Kernan, who failed to crown his 28th birthday in fitting fashion by firing a goal in each half.

After a quiet start, Hull’s growing conviction at the counter was shown before the interval, with a break at the right time for the town.

Earlier, the hosts threatened set-plays and won their fair share of the second ball in the opening half hour. But it was Hull who created meaningful opportunities.

Hull continued from where they were closing the beam with Eves in the second half when a well-placed game was put in place as the chances of missed chances began to build up for the Litni Tigers.

To change the storyline, Harrogate Chief Simon Weaver brought in Thmson and turned Kirnan into a central figure, as the town also demanded an opportunity for clear art that could expose Hull’s useless tendencies to the other end.

But Scott eventually offered Hum something tangible for his dominance, then Samuelson’s pinpoint cross and Culum Jones soon doubled their advantage.

M 35m front two goals Fabio Silva led the Doncaster Rovers to a 2-1 defeat to the W-1 Leverhampton Wanderers U21s in the Papa John’s Trophy.

The Portuguese paid two penalties to give visitors a win at the Kipom-produced stadium, with only two minutes left.

Silva sat at home from a tight angle to give the Wolves a 15th-minute lead, but Ki-Jana Hoover equalized from a Fajiri Okenabirhi spot eight minutes after inflating James Coppinger.

But teenage Silva had the final word.

Bradford City have also been knocked out of the competition following a 1-1 Group F home defeat to Oldham Athletic, for which Leeds United’s Elfie McLemonte scored twice late.

Dettusant Will Sutton took the lead from latex through his own lattice after being led by Datis Calliar-Dunn.

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