Hastings United v Harrogate Town: visitors’ late equaliser sends tie into extra time

Elliott Cox on the ball for Hastings United v Harrogate Town
Elliott Cox on the ball for Hastings United v Harrogate Town

Hastings United were dened a momentuous FA Cup victory over Harrogate by a 90th minute equaliser which means the tie now goes into extra time.

Hastings led thorugh Lee Carey’s penalty two minutes into the second half and were within minutes of booking a third round trip to Middlesbrough in January.

However Harrogate levelled the tie when Simon Platt volleyed home at the far post following a left wing corner. United were looking good and the anticipated Harrogate onslaught during the closing quarter never really materialised.

In fact, if anything, United looked more likely to add a second on the break than concede an equaliser.

A great opportunity went begging United on 74 minutes when Jack Dixon’s mis-directed pass went behind for a goalkick at the end of a very promising counter attack.

There was one dangerous moment for United three minutes later, but they managed to block a Harrogate free kick from 25 yards out.

Dee Okojie shot wide from just outside the box, but Armstrong-Ford was fairly untroubled in the home goal until Harrogate struck in the nick of the time