Article by Johnnie Lowery
I think a point at Harrogate has to be classed as a good result, especially given the late equalizer that rescued that point.
On balance it was probably a fair result too, both sides having similar number of chances though neither keeper actually had too many saves to make.
I feel for Jamie Butler with his mistake for the first Harrogate goal, as when the ball is whipped in at that pace it is an easy mistake to make – though that won’t take away from the fact he would have expected himself to do better of course.
As was common last season and indeed way before that, the reaction from our boys to going behind was excellent and rewarded with a goal: albeit in bizarre circumstances.
You imagine that the Harrogate manager would have been fuming at Leesley for what was an incredibly stupid thing to do, costing them two points ultimately.
Still, we’re not complaining and the result gives us a good platform against Eastleigh.
In the slightly bigger picture it is a tough start to the season with Ebbsfleet and Salford likely to be title challengers and Harrogate and Eastleigh potentially looking at a playoff spot, though the Spitfires slipped up on Saturday with a home defeat to Solihull.
The Hampshire side were my outside tip for the playoffs after recruiting fairly well and keeping key players despite the loss of their main investor.
They need a reaction now and will be well up for it – it’s up to our boys to fight even harder.
There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that’s exactly what we’ll do.