Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Thomas Feaheny
Sport Correspondent
10:07 AM 27th July 2020

Match Report: Harrogate Town v Boreham Wood

Harrogate Town progressed to the National League Promotion final after a hard fought 1-0 win over Boreham Wood.

The result means Town have reached Wembley for the first time in the club's history, where they will now face Notts County for a place in the EFL.

After the win manager Simon Weaver was delighted:
"The work by all the players was outstanding, this was for the fans who I know would want to be here so much.

"I'm having to pinch myself; I'll be leading this team out at Wembley it makes all the years of hard work worthwhile"

Town started with Aaron Martin, a striker they had brought in from Guiseley just before the season was suspended, they began well with Lloyd Kerry facing a block in the opening minutes before Boreham Wood keeper Nathan Ashmore did well to deny Jack Diamond

George Thomson had the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for a handball, with Town looking to press home their dominant start.

It was much of the same during the opening 40 minutes with the hosts pushing players forward and being denied by the impressive Ashmore who made himself big to stop two goal bound efforts.

Boreham Wood so nearly took the lead just before the break when Tyrone Marsh fired just over after being found from a corner, as the half drew to a close at 0-0.

The visitors went close again at the start of the second-half Kabongo Tshimanga saw his effort blocked on the line by Hall and it just goes wide of the post.

Any doubt that penalties may be required were gone with just under half an hour to go, when Jack Muldoon was in the perfect place to head in and while no fans were present, there were scenes of unbridled joy for the home players.

In the end Town were the side who looked more likely to add to their lead, with their game management impressing and so when the full-time whistle went they knew they are now just 90 minutes away from a potential first season in the EFL.