Harrogate Town 0Vauxhall Motors 0
A DEPLETED Motors line-up worked tirelessly on Saturday as they recorded their first clean sheet since January 8.
A long, hard season has taken its toll on Vauxhall’s players and manager Carl Macauley was without nine first-team regulars for the trip to Harrogate.
Macauley had no other option but to name himself as one of only two outfield substitutes.
Harrogate took the game to Motors, with top goalscorer Graeme Armstrong having his shot turned away for a corner by Scott Tynan as the home side had the upper hand in the early exchanges.
However, the Motormen nearly took the lead when a Jake Picton clearance fell kindly to man-of-the-match Craig Mahon, whose cross from the right failed to find Obi Anoruo when perhaps he should have gone for goal.
Stand-in captain Dave Mannix headed Kevin Grocott’s cross narrowly wide, while at the other end Tynan did well to clear Richard Marshall’s cross-cum-shot.
Motors found themselves down to 10 men with 10 minutes remaining when a poor Martin Foster challenge on Mannix angered the visiting players. In the ensuing melee, Anoruo was sent off for raising his hands at Ciaran Toner.
In the dying seconds, Tynan pulled off a fine save to deny Wayne Phillips to ensure Vauxhall went home with a deserved point.
Vauxhall: Tynan, Noone, Moogan, Taylor, Hannigan, Mannix, Mahon, Brown, Anoruo, Grice, Grocott
Subs: Wright, Macauley, Ritchie.
Motors host play-off chasers Solihull Moors on Saturday (3pm).
Admission is £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for students (ID required). All under 16s get in free.