MARK Molesley made four changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Walsall on Tuesday night with James Olayinka making a return to the starting 11.
Emile Acquah and Simeon Akinola were paired together up front and Tom Clifford came in for the suspended Sam Hart. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild also missed out with injury.
John White (C)
On the bench
Seaden, Bwomono, Cordner, Goodship, K. Taylor, Mellis, Holmes
Josh McPake had a superb chance to score for Harrogate early in the first half when he broke away down the right-hand side and produced a save from Mark Oxley at the near post.
with 25 minutes gone McPake was once again in on the action when the winger muscled his way through the Shrimpers defense to be denied once again by Mark Oxley between the sticks for Southend.
Shortly after the break, Southend striker Simeon Akinola had a one on one with the town goalkeeper following a mistake by Warren Burrell by the striker was not quick enough to stop James Belshaw from coming out of his goal to smother the ball.
Harrogate’s Brendan Kiernan hit the bar after some great work by Muldoon and just minutes later it was the Essex-based side that took the lead through a combination of Alan McCormack and Ashley Nathaniel-George.
McCormack’s strike was cleared off the line straight into the path of the on-coming Nathaniel George who buried the ball home from 10 yards out.
The final chance of the game came for Muldoon but it was all he could do to drag a shot wide from 12 yards out in the dying minutes.
Harrogate Town XI: Belshaw, Jones, Falkingham (C), Smith, Burrell, Thomson, Martin (Beck 64’), Muldoon, Hall, McPake (Francis 72’), Power (Kiernan 38’). Subs Not Used: Fallowfield, Minter, Williams
Blues XI: Oxley, McCormack (K Taylor 77’), Hobson, Olayinka (Holmes 70’), Akinola, Clifford, Acquah, Nathaniel-George (Bwomono 90+6’), Demetriou, Ferguson, White (C)(Cordner 46’). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Goodship, Mellis
Referee: Leigh Doughty
Assistants: Robert Merchant & Craig Taylor
Fourth Official: Shaun Hudson
Harrogate Town: None
Southend United: Ashely Nathaniel-George 69’
Harrogate Town: Connor Hall 87’
Southend United: Jason Demetriou 44’, Alan McCormack 63’, Shaun Hobson 67’, Ashley Nathaniel-George 90+2’
Stats Source: SouthendUnited.co.uk
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