Football: Harrogate Town through in FA Trophy as Railway shock Northwich Victoria

Harrogate Town's Jake Speight. (1411222AM4)
Harrogate Town's Jake Speight. (1411222AM4)

Jake Speight’s late penalty fired Harrogate Town into the first round proper of the FA Trophy with a 1-0 victory at King’s Lynn Town.

The Evo-Stik Northern League side presented Town with a challenging afternoon and goalkeeper Phil Barnes was in fine form to contain the lower league outfit.

However, late on Speight scored only his second goal in Town colours to ensure his side went one step closer to Wembley and pocketed £4,000.

The first round matches will be played on Saturday, December 13 where the winners will receive £5,000 in prize money.

Meanwhile, Nathan Cartman took his goalscoring tally to 30 goals for the season in Harrogate Railway’s surprise 2-1 victory over promotion hunting Northwich Victoria in Evo-Stik First Division North.

Victoria took the lead in the first half, but Cartman’s scrambled effort and Lawrence Hunter’s free-kick after the break guided in-form Rail’ to victory.

Goalkeeper Tom Goodwin produced a superb late save to ensure all the points stayed at Station View.

Billy Miller’s men have now won five out their last six matches, including four in a row, and have climbed to ninth - eight points below the play-off zone.

In NCEL Premier, ten man Tadcaster Albion scored a 96th minute leveller in a feisty clash at Worksop Town.

The match was embroiled in controversy and Albion’s Jonathan Greening was sent off after four minutes for elbowing Jake Scott.

Goals from Matt Booth and Tom Elliot put third-placed Worksop in a commanding lead but play was then briefly halted after an altercation between Albion’s dugout and the home supporters.

When play eventually resumed, the ten men of Tad worked themselves back into the game and struck back in the second half through Greening’s brother Josh, who took his tally of goals to 19.

Albion centre back Andy Milne then bundled in an injury-time equaliser to maintain a seven-point gap at the top of the league.

Elsewhere, Colin Heath scored a hat-trick as Knaresborough Town pummelled Hall Road Rangers 6-0 to move 12th in NCEL Division One.