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MATCH PREVIEW: Midweek festive fixture in Yorkshire

Tuesday night in Harrogate

28 December 2020

United's second game in the space of just three days is over in Harrogate as the festive fixtures come at us thick and fast.

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This is the first time these teams have met, with Harrogate making club history last season when they marched their way into the National League play-offs to give Notts County a bloody nose in the final, having got past Boreham Wood in the semi-final.

Life in the EFL got off to a flying start under the tutelage of Simon Weaver and Paul Thirlwell, with five of their opening seven league fixtures going their way.

A televised away win at Bradford had everybody sitting up to take notice as the Town steamed their way to a comfortable 1-0 win. 

November brought a couple of speed bumps, with boss Weaver isolated for 14 days with coronavirus and with the news that defender Will Smith was sidelined for up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury.

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Current form has been sticky, to say the least, with just the 2-1 away win at Exeter to punctuate a run of four league defeats. 

The Saturday before Christmas saw them lose at home to Salford, but things got better on Boxing Day when they went to Oldham, where they recorded a decent 2-1 away win.

The August celebrations for promotion to the football league for the first time in their 106-year history will seem some time ago as they continue adjust to life at the higher level, but good summer recruitment has made them a decent team to watch.

Harrogate still have an FA Trophy final to play against Concord Rangers - if that issue can be resolved - having beaten Notts County in the semis.

That wasn't without controversy as the Magpies argued that Harrogate, having been promoted, shouldn't be allowed to continue in the competition. That claim was quickly swept aside. 

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Jack Muldoon is in fine form with nine goals and four assists to his name and he gets the nod as our man to watch. 

Goals are spread around the pitch, with our very own Mark Beck, along with Jon Stead, good examples of players who are ready to chip in. 

Muldoon, though, is hard to mark and works well in the final third, making him one we'll have to deal with on the night.

It goes without saying that it'll be good to see Thir again. The former club captain played over 250 games for the Blues in a near nine-year stay, lifting the trophy at Wembley in 2011 when the club won the JPT.

He also had a spell as caretaker manager, beside Tony Caig, just before Keith Curle took the reins during the 2014/15 season. 

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officials

Referee - Martin Coy
Assistant Referee 1 - Scott Williams
Assistant Referee 2 - Stephen Wade
Fourth Official - Robert Madley

Martin Coy

The referee for this fixture is Mr Martin Coy. 

He's refereed 12 games so far this season showing 26 yellow cards and two reds.

He was last in charge of us for the 3-2 home win over Colchester where goals from Lewi Alessandra and Jon Mellish gave us a two-goal cushion. The U's pegged us back with goals either side of the break, but Aaron Hayden sealed a deserved win with a late goal. Callum Guy, Jon Mellish and Joe Riley were booked on the afternoon.

We also had him for our 3-0 home defeat against Plymouth in January 2020. Aaron Hayden was sent off in the final minute of that fixture as tensions ran high. 

Prior to that he was here for the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Port Vale back in November 2019.

Ryan Loft put us ahead with just one minute on the clock, but second half goals from Worrall and Cullen took the points the way of the hosts. Loft and Canice Carroll had their names taken on the day.

We saw him twice in the 2018/19 season, with our first meeting for the home defeat against Grimsby in October. The goal came in the first half from Luke Hendrie, but there were no United names entered into the book.

He was back here a month later for the 1-1 Checkatrade Trophy meeting with Stoke City under-21s. Jack Sowerby scored the goal and Gary Liddle was shown a yellow card. 

He was with us three times during the 2017/18 season, with his first visit up north coming in August 2017 for our 3-0 home victory over Cheltenham. Tom Miller and Reggie Lambe added to a fifth minute own goal from Harry Pell, and Mark Ellis was the only Carlisle booking on the day.

We saw him again for our November Checkatrade Trophy group game against Fleetwood, where a certain Jack Sowerby opened the scoring on the night. Wes Burns doubled the lead just before half time, and a late Shaun Miller goal did little to affect the outcome as the visitors took the win come full time. Tom Miller and Jamie Devitt received yellow cards that night.

His last trip to Brunton Park during that campaign was for our 2-2 draw with Crawley in March. Richie Bennett and Hallam Hope appeared to have done the job with goals to give us a 2-0 lead, but the Red Devils recovered and claimed their point courtesy of a brace from Kalen Grant. United names taken were Clint Hill, Hallam Hope and Tom Parkes.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Harrogate 1 - 0 United

The return to Harrogate for the rearranged fixture

16 February 2021

United's first ever meeting with Harrogate Town is, actually, technically their second - but that initial encounter was, of course, curtailed after 10 minutes as a weather affected pitch started to freeze over as the night time temperatures dipped.

And the seemingly doomed encounter hit the skids again when the Blues went there the second time round, with a catastrophic electricity failure leaving the stadium in darkness and the team on the bus. 

United's first game in a fortnight brought Ethan Walker, George Tanner and Brennan Dickenson into the starting line up, with Dickenson making his first start for the club.

Tanner was a welcome sight as he returned to the fold following a two-month lay-off with a nasty shoulder injury.

A heavy deluge of rain ahead of kick off left the ground staff with work to do as they deployed the rollers to remove large patches of standing water.

The early exchanges saw the ball stick on the damp surface as passes were made, but both sets of players adjusted to deal with the inconvenience.

Harrogate sent the first jab of the encounter with five minutes on the clock when Thomson whipped a low free kick from a tight angle into the mix. It was cleared and Alessandra completed the defensive work as he shielded the loose ball.

A huge throw from Kayode found Bennett on the move in the box, and his touch was nodded onwards by Anderton. It fell nicely for the keeper who was quickly off his line.

A slide rule pass from the mobile Kayode was almost perfect for Dickenson as he raced through as United looked to pick up the pace. That came after a neat exchange of passes between Anderton and Walker, but Belshaw was once again quickly off his line.

Alessandra almost capitalised on a poor kick out from the home stopper moments later, but his attempt at a chip from 23-yards floated onto the roof of the nets.

The hosts broke from the goal kick and Thomson had an effort charged down on the edge of the box. It spilled for Falkingham and he put his boot through it as it bobbled his way. It had power but it flashed past the upright.

United crafted a swift break on 24 minutes which saw Dickenson surge into space. He fed it to Kayode, and he then clipped it through for Alessandra to take. He pulled his man out of position before slotting it back to the forward for a cross, and Dickenson was up to challenge at the back stick. The whistle blew for a foul as he tried to finish it off.

There was drama at the other end as Tanner did well to get the ball to safety with March on his shoulder. The corner took a touch as it came across the face of goal, and it crashed into the Carlisle post before spinning dangerously in the six-yard box. Falkingham jumped but he had it robbed off his head as he looked to make it count. The blue shirts regrouped and the danger was gone.

But it was a short-lived reprieve as pace from March took him into the area. Anderton committed to the challenge and the referee pointed to the spot as the pair tumbled to the floor. Josh March placed the ball and he sent Farman the wrong way to put the home side in the lead.

Excellent keeping from Farman saw him push a hand out to stop a blistering effort from Power as he sprinted forwards when a slice from Guy put him clean through. The ricochet went high and March tried an audacious header from 19-yards. Farman scampered backwards to tip it over the bar.

Carlisle worked their way down the left flank from the kick off at the start of the second half with Kayode, Walker and Guy linking well. The eventual cross from the Preston loanee was charged down and Belshaw made it his.

More probing came when Farman sent the ball long. Walker twisted to give it to Dickenson, but his delivery was also cut out.

Superb, composed work from Guy in midfield saw him step beyond two challenges before nudging a great ball through for Dickenson. He angled for the box, but a flighted toe-poke was comfortable for Belshaw to gather.

Fantastic football from the visitors put Dickenson on the overlap after Walker and Guy had found space. His cross on the sprint whisked past everyone, but Tanner was there to recover it. He picked out Kayode but the offside flag was raised.

Ozzy Zanzala came on for Alessandra just before the hour and he was immediately involved as he latched onto a clearance on the halfway line. He bent his run to make room for the shot but it skewed off his boot and the keeper allowed it to go on its way.

A close-range thunderbolt from Martin had to be blocked as he arrowed it at the top corner, with March having bullied his way to the byline in the build up.

United should have been back on terms on 63 minutes when a throw from Kayode came to Walker. He swung a leg at the loose pieces, but he scuffed it and it skimmed towards Zanzala. He tried to guide it at the bottom corner but his touch took it straight at Belshaw.

Another Kayode launch was met by Bennett, and Zanzala also made the slightest of connections. Anderton lurked but he couldn't find a way through to make it count.

Dickenson then popped a free kick from deep into the area, and Zanzala was there again to try his luck. It was goal bound but it struck Burrell on the thigh and that sent it wide.

A string of corners followed, but the ball just wouldn't fall kindly and Harrogate rode the spell out.

Attack-minded substitutions signalled real intent from Chris Beech as Mellish and Patrick joined the fray with 15 minutes left to play, but Farman was needed as Martin was played clean through. The stopper made a block with his leg and the rebound came off the forward and fell harmlessly behind.

Pace from Patrick almost opened things up as he went on a 60-yard run, but he lost control at the vital moment and the Sulphurites were able to clear. Patrick had a go again in the next phase, this time with a dipping 22-yard effort after Mellish had picked him out. It flew just the wrong side of the angle of the post and bar.

Kayode volleyed wide from an extremely tight angle late in the day, and Zanzala guided a header from a flick from a throw from the forward into Belshaw's hands as he tried to find the roof of the net.

One last throw from Kayode deserved better as it hit the right area, but it somehow made its way through to the keeper without interference from a blue shirt.

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Goals

Harrogate Town - March (28 pen)

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Bookings

Harrogate Town - Francis (66)

Carlisle United - Tanner (76)

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Teams

Harrogate Town - Belshaw, Falkingham (c) (Kerry 84), Smith, Burrell, Thomson, Martin, Hall, Francis (Lawlor 76), March (Beck 71), McPake, Power. Subs - Minter (gk), Kiernan, Kerry, Power.

Carlisle United - Farman, Tanner, Hayden, Bennett, Anderton (c) (Patrick 75), Riley (Mellish 75), Guy, Dickenson, Walker (Toure 64), Alessandra (Zanzala 57), Kayode. Subs - Norman (gk), McDonald, Armer. 

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Match officials

Referee - Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistant Referee 1 - Geoffrey Liddle
Assistant Referee 2 - Graeme Fyvie
Fourth Official - Robert Madley

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Attendance - BCD

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