A different perspective on this weekend’s clash…
By Matty Paddock - 15/02/2018
Posted 2 years ago
HARRIERS host Harrogate Town on Saturday as the National League North season heads towards an exciting climax.
Meetings between these two may not have been too frequent up to now, but the weekend’s fixture has the hallmarks of being a cracker.
Looking ahead to the clash, here are Five Things to think about in advance the Aggborough meeting and with past clashes in mind.
DRE SAVES THE DAY
Harrogate have always been a measly outfit defensively and very rarely give much away, so the atmosphere was tense inside Aggborough in March 2017. Heading towards a 0-0 draw that did little for Harriers’ title hopes at the time, Andre Brown elicited a giant sigh of relief as he popped up with a winner in the closing stages to seal a 1-0 victory.
THAT WASN’T HIS FIRST…
Andre’s first goal for Harriers against Town came in the meeting at the CNG Stadium months previous in the Autumn of 2016 – again it was late, as Harrogate pushed hard for a leveller with the visitors 1-0 up. Cue the striker, on the counter, to curl an effort from distance into an empty net.
SIMON’S WEAVED SOME MAGIC
Town’s record under boss Simon Weaver is impressive – signs at the end of last season that they’d be one to watch this time around certainly proved to be prophetic. They’ve been in the top few spots of the table since the season kicked off, and many tip them as favourites for the title after they’ve whittled down current incumbent Salford City’s lead to a couple of points, from closer to a dozen. They could even go top as soon as Saturday should they win at Aggborough.
Dominic Knowles and Lloyd Kerry are two faces within the Town ranks to have featured for Harriers prior to their move to Harrogate. Striker Knowles spent a short, six-game loan spell with the reds during the 2014/15 season whilst on the books of Burton Albion, while Lloyd Kerry was an early signing of the Steve Burr era at Aggborough as he made nine appearances at the tail end of the 2009/10 term.
DON’T LEAVE EARLY
If you’re one that likes to beat the traffic at the end of an Aggborough match day, we’d suggest you re-think those plans this weekend – at least if the last meeting between these two teams is anything to go by. At 1-1, Harriers looked to be beaten when Simon Ainge looped a header into the top corner with 90 minutes on the clock, only for the reds to follow suit with a dramatic injury-time goal of their own as Joe Ironside let fly.
Harriers v Harrogate Town is this Saturday, 17 February 2018 at Aggborough with kick-off at 3:00pm. You can buy tickets today.
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