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Opposition profile: Harrogate Town

7 October 2021

As we prepare to make the trip to Harrogate Town in front of a sold-out away following this Saturday, we take a look at our opponents and their season so far.

CURRENT POSITION

Our hosts enter the game sitting second in the division, having won five and drawn four of their 10 League Two games so far.

The victories came over Rochdale, Barrow, Leyton Orient, Mansfield Town (during their first five league games) and Oldham.

The latter of those last weekend was the most recent, and a first win in five league games for the Sulphurites.

LAST GAME

High-flying Harrogate Town scored a goal in each half to return to winning ways at Oldham Athletic last Saturday.

Harrogate opened the scoring in the 29th minute when Alex Pattison pulled a low cross back for Sunderland loanee Jack Diamond to comfortably slot home from six yards.

Luke Armstrong - just hours after his father Alun (Darlington manager) had undergone major surgery - made no mistake in the 66th minute as he clinically converted substitute Lloyd Kerry's through-ball to double Harrogate's score.

Teenage substitute Harry Vaughan halved Oldham's deficit seconds after coming on following a smart one-two with Callum Whelan, but Harrogate hung on for maximum points to sit second in the table.

THE MANAGER


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Having passed the ten-year milestone in May 2019, Simon Weaver is English football’s longest serving manager in the top five tiers.

During his time in charge, Weaver has overseen two promotions that have lifted Town from the National League North to the EFL and twice taken his side to Wembley Stadium, most recently to lift the 2019/20 FA Trophy.

After featuring for the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Kidderminster and Scarborough in his days as a centre half, Weaver has built a strong reputation as a manager at Wetherby Road.

TOP SCORER

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Summer arrival Luke Armstrong is top scorer so far, with seven goals to his name.

Durham born Armstrong signed from Salford City in June 2021, having spent the last season on loan at Hartlepool United where he earned promotion to The Football League.

Armstrong spent time at Middlesbrough and Birmingham as a youngster and then moved onto Blyth Spartans where he scored 23 goals in 42 appearances.

The striker then rejoined Boro and spent time on loan at Gateshead and League One side Accrington Stanley before signing permanently for Salford City in 2019.

Halfway through the 2020/21 season, Armstrong joined Hartlepool United on loan and scored 13 times in less than 30 appearances.

LOCAL LAD DONE GOOD

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Scunthorpe-born former Iron trainee Jack Muldoon is second joint top scorer, with three league goals to his name.

Now 32, Muldoon joined Town in June 2018 having proved a success at former clubs AFC Fylde and Lincoln City, winning promotion to the EFL with The Imps and scoring the Coasters Goal of the Season against Macclesfield during 2017/18.

Muldoon has finished as top scorer in each of his three seasons at the club and holds the honour of scoring in their first EFL goal away at Southend and first EFL goal in Harrogate against Barrow.

THE EVER-PRESENTS

Harrogate have seven players who have started all ten league games so far.

These include Armstrong, Muldoon, defender Warren Burrell, midfielder Josh Falkingham, defender Connor Hall, goalkeeper Mark Oxley and midfielder George Thomson.

FORMER IRON DEFENDER OUT INJURED

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Harrogate reported veteran former Iron defender Rory McArdle will be sidelined for "an extended period of time" because of a groin injury.

He was taken off at half-time during the recent draw at Stevenage. The decision to substitute him was seen as a precaution at the time, but he was sent to see a specialist and a scan revealed an injury to an adductor tendon, which requires surgery.

McArdle, 34, joined Town during the summer after leaving Exeter City following a one-year spell there. He's made nine league starts to far.

The centre-back was with the Iron between 2018 and 2021, making 100 league appearances and scoring four goals.

THE SQUAD

1 Mark Oxley GK 31 Southend 10 (0)
2 Ryan Fallowfield DF 25 North Ferriby 8 (0)
3 Lewis Page DF 25 Exeter 7 (0)
4 Josh Falkingham MF 31 Darlington 8 (0)
5 Will Smith DF 22 Barnsley 1 (0)
6 Warren Burrell DF 31 Buxton 10 (1)
7 George Thomson MF 29 FC United of Manchester 10 (1)
10 Aaron Martin FW 30 Guiseley 2 (0)
11 Danilo Orsi FW 25 Maidenhead 4 (0)
13 Joe Cracknell GK 27 Bradford 0 (0)
14 Nathan Sheron DF 24 Fleetwood 1 (0)
16 Alex Pattison MF 24 Wycombe 9 (3)
17 Lloyd Kerry MF 33 Tamworth 8 (0)
18 Jack Muldoon FW 32 AFC Fylde 10 (3)
20 Connor Hall DF 28 Brackley 10 (0)
21 Jack Diamond FW 21 Sunderland (loan) 5 (1)
23 Rory McArdle DF 34 Exeter 9 (0)
29 Luke Armstrong FW 25 Salford 10 (7)
30 Simon Power MF 23 Norwich 8 (0)
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