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PREVIEW: Papa John's Trophy meeting with Harrogate

United at the Envirovent on Tuesday night

3 January 2022

United go head-to-head with Harrogate on Tuesday night for the right to progress to the last eight of this season's Papa John's Trophy competition.

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As discussed when we met Harrogate in November - last season's away meetings were troubled, to say the least, with the first fixture abandoned with just 10 minutes on the clock as temperatures dipped and the surface became unstable. 

The teams tried again, but a digger half a mile up the road scuppered the best laid plans when it chopped through a power line, plunging the stadium into darkness.

We got there eventually, so next Tuesday will be the fourth time these teams have met.

opposition

Having lost their festive fixtures to postponements Harrogate headed into Saturday's home meeting with Port Vale on the back of a draw and three defeats.

But Covid struck when they least expected it, with the game called off on Friday after positive test results, combined with injury concerns, pulled the weekend rug from beneath their feet.

They're in the final 16 of this competition courtesy of a 2-1 away win at Tranmere, with Jack Muldoon and Alex Pattison netting second half goals to cancel out the early opener bagged by Nicky Maynard.

They finished second in their group, having seen off Mansfield Town and Newcastle United's U21 side, with their only defeat coming at the hands of Group H winners Sheffield Wednesday.

who watch

Luke Armstrong enjoyed a steady season with Hartlepool last season as he bagged 15 goals to keep his side in touch with their promotion dream.

And he helped that dream become reality in the National League play-off final when he scored the goal to help his side to a 1-1 draw, extra time and ultimately a penalty shoot-out victory. 

Snapped up by Simon Weaver during the summer, he has 10 league goals to his name already, and is proving to be a real handful.

He's our midweek one to watch.

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The game is being streamed under EFL 'midweek' streaming rights.

With match commentary provided by BBC Radio Cumbria, this is a fantastic way to follow your team through the season.

Match audio passes are available for ALL EFL league games - click HERE to find out more about this season’s iFollow United service.

highlights

  Carlisle wins Draws Harrogate wins
League 0 1 2
Total 0 1 2

The Sulphurites took the points home with them in November 2021 with George Thomson and Alex Pattison netting for the away side.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

It was a 1-1 draw at Brunton Park in April 2021. Josh Kayode scored in the second half for the Blues - Jack Muldoon had put the away side ahead early in the game.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Harrogate currently hold the bragging rights courtesy of a Josh March penalty in the first half of the game in February 2020 which was enough to earn the Sulphurites their win.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

officials

Referee - David Rock
Assistant Referee 1 - Daniel Woodward
Assistant Referee 2 - Darren Williams
Fourth Official - Peter Wright
Observer - Andy Hall

David RockThe referee for this game is Mr David Rock. He has taken charge of 21 games so far this showing 77 yellow cards and four reds.

He was the man in the middle for an eventful meeting with Newport County in October 2021. Joe Riley scored in the first minute, but Dom Telford netted twice in the first half to put the hosts ahead. Zach Clough scored from the spot, and the Exiles had Ed Upson and Ryan Haynes sent off as the Blues upped the pressure. It ended 2-2.

He was our referee in November 2020 when Tranmere scored the only goal of the game at Prenton Park. Aaron Hayden had his name taken on the night.

We met up with him for the first time as our man in the middle for the trip to face Orient back in October 2019. Jack Iredale scored the goal which earned us a 1-1 draw and Mo Sagaf, Nathan Thomas and Byron Webster had their names taken on the day.

He was also our man in the middle for our away game at Crawley in February 2020. No goals were scored that day, but Aaron Hayden, Nick Anderton and Byron Webster had their names put into the book.

tickets

Online tickets will be on sale until midnight on Monday 3 January.

Prices:

+ Adult Standing - £10
+ Adult Seated - £11
+ Concession Standing - £8
+ Concession Seated - £9
+ U18 Standing - £2
+ U18 Seated - £3

There will be no sales or collections on the gate on the day of the game. 

Click HERE  to purchase tickets. Away fans select the EnviroVent Away seated or the EnviroVent Away Terrace options.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Harrogate 1 - 0 United

Report from the Tuesday night game

4 January 2022

It was the round of 16 in the Papa John's Trophy competition on Tuesday night with United in Yorkshire to face Harrogate.

Manager Keith Millen went with an unchanged starting eleven from the Saturday away victory at Scunthorpe, but there was room on the bench for new signing Joel Senior, who had joined the club on an 18-month deal just 24-hours earlier.

Tristan Abrahams and Manny Mampala were also back, having been released from their Covid isolation.

An early cross from Diamond had to be punched by Howard as it looped out of the sky, and he came under pressure as he made his leap. He connected, and the whistle was blown as Armstrong turned his body.

Harrogate came again when Page overlapped to deliver. Armstrong stretched out a leg but his volley from nine-yards was always going wide.

Dickenson almost threaded a pass through for Gibson to break at the other end, but a well-timed tackle took it off his toes just as he shaped to shoot.

The Sulphurites passed up on a chance to have a go themselves when another pull back from Diamond found Hall with his back to the target. He hesitated, and that allowed the Blues the time they needed to close the gap.

But the hosts took the lead on 7 minutes when a scuffed clearance from the stopper ricocheted back into the area. Armstrong pounced to clip the loose ball over the advancing keeper.

United could have been on level terms straight away as Dickenson held it up on the left flank. Armer overlapped, and he drove it hard and low from an angle as he skipped into the box. It was sent behind as Fishburn and Mellish waited for it appear.

The corner from Guy was accurate, and Feeney met it with a crunching header that had Oxley beaten all hands up. The defender kicked the ground in frustration as it smashed against the bar and spun away to safety.

Defender Rod McDonald tested Oxley again when another decent set piece from Guy was half-cleared. The centre back caught it on the volley but safe hands pulled the ball in.

A great pass from McDonald almost sent Mellish on a run moments later, but Falkingham recovered to poke it behind. Mellish was the man on the spot again as the low corner was recoveerd, and he turned his marker before sliding a great teaser across the face of the unguarded goal. Mellor was ready to toe poke it in, but Page did enough to make the clearance.

Guy was on the money once again with his corner outswinger and Feeney nodded it back at the penalty spot from deep. Mellor flicked it, and that gave Mellish the space he needed to shoot. Hall did well to spread himself and make the block it needed.

United had defending to do as Falkingham tried to wriggle his way past two challenges, and there was away relief when a rasper from McArdle bulged the side netting.

The game went through a lull, but Diamond sparked things into life on 36 minutes when he dropped a shoulder to get into the box. He had men in support, but he opted to shoot from a very tight angle and the ball skewed away towards the corner flag.

The Cumbrians wasted another gilt-edged opportunity on 38 minutes when Mellish robbed it off McArdle. He carried the ball forward, before picking out Fishburn 14-yards out. The young forward took a touch and that allowed Hall to get his body in the way. Gibson's effort suffered the same fate, as did one from Mellish, and the yellow shirts regrouped to close the door.

Howard saved at full stretch from Diarra ahead of the break, but another great United opening was spurned when Gibson angled a run inside before releasing Dickenson. The wide man missed his touch and the away side headed into the dressing room knowing that they could and should have at least been level.

Joe Riley replaced Sam Fishburn at the start of the second period, and United were on the front-foot, with Dickenson showing to control a pass from Gibson. Oxley parried a stinging drive, and Mellor picked it up. The cross eventually came in and Falkingham was the width of the crossbar away from an own goal as it spooned off his boot, over the keeper and onto the woodwork.

Carlisle continued to look the nore likely, but they couldn't find a way through with Dickenson and Mellish thwarted from distance.

But Harrogate nearly doubled their lead when Falkingham spread a dead ball to Muldoon. He delivered first time from wide, and Armstrong's touch was going in until it struck Hall on the hand. The referee blew the whistle as yellow shirts queued up to strike.

Rod McDonald found himself out wide as United piled forward, and his looped pass was put behind as Mellish sniffed.

It was suddenly end-to-end and Diamond fed Diarra when Muldoon set the pair free and clear. Feeney got across to make sure Howard could watch in comfort.

Gibson tried an audacious lob from 40-yards as he tried to make things happen, but it sailed high and over the target.

There were loud appeals for a penalty when Dickenson was felled in the next attack, but Mr Rock shook his head and waved play on. Guy found a delivery when it came his way and Falkingham produced another excellent intervention to stop anyone in a blue shirt from putting it away.

Muldoon forced Howard into another diving save when he plucked a huge kick from Oxley out of the air before sizzling a volley at the bottom corner.

The chances continued to flow and Dickenson was next to go close when he spun on a pass to feet. It was a thunderbolt, but Oxley got enough of a palm on it to guide it beyond the upright.

The Carlisle contingent couldn't believe their bad luck when a raking pass from Whelan ripped the defence apart. Mellish had just the keeper to beat, but Oxley stayed big and he made the save with his legs.

Joel Senior made his debut with 10 minutes left to play, and he earned his side a corner as the clock ticked down. Oxley twice punched, and a heavy challenge from Mampala was penalised.

Harrogate slowed the pace of the game, and they saw progression to the last eight over the line to the frustration of the 142-strong travelling fans.

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Goals

Harrogate Town - Armstrong (7)

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Bookings

Harrogate Town - Diarra (32), Diamond (73)

Carlisle United - Dickenson (33)

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Teams

Harrogate Town - Oxley, Page, Falkingham (c), Sheron, Muldoon, Austerfield (Kerry 74), Hall, Diamond, Diarra (Beck 80), McArdle, Armstrong. Subs - Cracknell, Smith.

Carlisle United - Howard, Mellor (Mampala 80), McDonald, Feeney, Armer, Gibson, Guy (c) (Senior 80), Whelan, Dickenson (Charters 85), Mellish (Abrahams 80), Fishburn (Riley 46). Subs - Norman (gk), Devine.

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Match officials

Referee - David Rock
Assistant Referee 1 - Daniel Woodward
Assistant Referee 2 - Darren Williams
Fourth Official - Peter Wright
Observer - Andy Hall

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Attendance - 928 (142)

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