Harrogate Town visit the ATG Stadium this evening Tuesday 4th December KO 7.45.pm, as we get back to Vanarama National League business.
We played them back in August when it is fair to say the better team won (3 – 1 to the home side). Since then we have been neck and neck in the league and so this is perhaps out first six pointer of the season Here’s your full pre-match preview…
Town played 22, won 12, drawn 7, lost 3. Goal Difference +18. 3rd in league on 43 points.
Moors played 21, won 12, drawn 4, lost 5. Goal Difference +11. 6th in league on 40 points.
There is a healthy rivalry between the clubs - we have played 19 - won 9 - drawn 3 - lost 7.
In the Opposite Dugout
The man in charge of “Town” is Simon Weaver (Born Doncaster 1977) who took over in 2009.
Simon guided Town to fourth place in the National League North in 2016 and to second place last season with an impressive win against Chorley in the semi-final play-off and an even better result in the final against Brackley Town whose team had several of our promotion winning squad on show.
As a defender he played (amongst others) for Nuneaton (63), Lincoln (88), Kidderminster (23) and Tamworth (38).
Opposition Key Man
James Belshaw, a former England ‘C’ Goalkeeper, signed for Town in the Summer of 2017 following three seasons at National League North side Tamworth. Before that he had spells at Nuneaton and Walsall. Moors fans will remember him from days in the Midlands.
28-year-old James stands 6 foot 3 inches tall and was an integral part of last season’s promotion winning team. He is commanding in his box and organises his back line effectively.
A quote from Tim Flowers
“We have watched them in recent games and they are a very good team carrying on the momentum of their promotion last season. They are bright going forward and quick/mobile in midfield. We need to get to grips with their system early because they have demonstrated that they are capable on their day of beating any team in this league. We will need to enforce on them our style of play from the word go.
Did You Know?
Town are also known as the “Sulphurites”, although you will rarely hear it on the terraces at Wetherby Road these days. It dates back to the 19th century when Harrogate became famous as a Spa town and people came from all over the world to sample the sulphur water, particularly those suffering from an illness.. The pump room is still there but is now a museum - No longer can you drink the magic water.
Supporters who came to Friday’s game can gain entry for just £5 subject to showing their Blackpool ticket upon entry into the ground either on smart phone or as a print out. Otherwise;
Adult: (18+ years of age): £15.00
Concession: (65+ years, Serving Military Personnel with a valid 'Forces ID' card, Students with a valid NUS card): £10.00
Adult season ticket holders for local Premier League/EFL clubs; Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Brom, Wolves, Walsall and Coventry City, will be eligible for £10.00 entry to Vanarama National League games ONLY upon presentation of their valid season ticket at the turnstiles.
Under 18’s: £5.00 (Proof of photo ID may be required upon entry)
Under 12's: FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult)
Disabled Visitors: Price as applicable above plus one 'carer' admitted FREE (we have a limited number of disabled car parking spaces on site which we advise should be booked in advance by contacting the club directly by telephone; 0121 705 6770 or by email; firstname.lastname@example.org)