Harrogate Town v Hartlepool United
Buildbase FA Trophy First Round
Saturday 14th December 2019, 3pm
The CNG Stadium
Harrogate Town have once again emerged as play-off contenders this season and lie sixth in the National League table ahead of this weekend’s FA Trophy encounter with Pools.
Simon Weaver’s men impressed on their debut in the fifth tier last term, although they were knocked out of the play-offs by Dave Challinor’s AFC Fylde.
However, the North Yorkshire outfit are determined to show that last year’s success was no fluke and they’re up there once again on the back of a strong first half to the campaign.
Town have struggled for their usual consistency in recent weeks though and their 2-1 triumph over Torquay United last weekend was only their second win in the last seven outings in all competitions.
One To Watch
Brendan Kiernan has hit the ground running with Harrogate Town since joining the club during the summer following a season with Welling.
The midfield star has been a starter in all but two of their National League outings to date and has rewarded boss Simon Weaver with an impressive return of seven goals.
If he can keep on producing a regular supply from midfield, then the former AFC Wimbledon youngster could be one of the key components in Town’s fight for promotion.
Head To Head
This weekend’s game will be only the third competitive meeting between the two sides who shared a division for the first time last season.
Town enjoyed the upper hand during 2018/19 following up their 2-2 draw at The Vic in the opening month of the season with a comfortable 3-1 success in front of the BT Sport cameras in January.
Harrogate Town 3 Pools 1
Saturday 19th January 2019
Harrogate Town: Belshaw, Fallowfield, Howe, Kitching, Falkingham, Burrell, Thomson, Emmett (Knowles 81), Kerry, Beck (Williams 89), Muldoon (Woods 79).
Subs not used: Cracknell, Leesley.
Pools: Loach, Richardson, Raynes, Magnay (Anderson 46), Kitching, Featherstone (Kioso 59), Donaldson, Molyneux, James (Hawkes 62), Kabamba, Cassidy.
Subs not used: Amos, Muir.
You can join Mark Simpson for full live online commentary of Saturday’s game completely FREE here on the Official Website.
Mark will be on-air from The CNG Stadium from 2.50pm to set the scene and then describe every step of the action as it unfolds.
Pools fans can buy their tickets in advance from The Vic until 3pm on Friday and then also from the turnstiles prior to kick-off at The CNG Stadium.
Both sides can name up to five substitutes in FA Trophy ties.
The two clubs have agreed that Saturday’s tie will be settled on the day without the need for a replay – extra-time and penalties will be in operation if required.
Harrogate Town 24/25