Preview: Harrogate

The penultimate away trip of the campaign takes us to North Yorkshire and the Victorian holiday town of Harrogate.

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Midfielder Lloyd Kerry has announced that he is to retire at the end of the season to become the club's head of recruitment.

Kerry joined the Sulphurites in 2014 and has made over 200 appearances.

The club have stated that their final home game of the season against Sutton on 7 May 'will be a chance to celebrate our midfielder's career and pay tribute to his eight years of service'.

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Results went the way of Harrogate on Monday and their safety was assured, despite losing at Northampton, with the gap to the bottom two at 10 points, with only nine available for Oldham to play for. 

But it's been a tough April for Saturday's hosts, with four defeats seeing them slide down the table and out of the comfortable middle positions.

March was also a test, with four defeats and two draws, but they got back to winning ways against Scunthorpe before April kicked in.

They have to go back as far as their away derby with Bradford at the end of February for their last league win prior to that, so it's defintely been a frustrating run of results through the secind half of the campaign. 

All of that aside they'll be looking to finish this season off properly, as are we, so you can expect another keenly contested game.

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We opted for Luke Armstrong when these teams met in the Papa John's Trophy and, with him having netted the winner in that fixture, we see no reason to change that now.

He's an ever-present and he's netted 13 goals and provided five assists along the way this season.

Coming alive in the most dangerous of ways in and around the box, he's our weekend one to watch.

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  Carlisle wins Draws Harrogate wins
League 0 1 2
Cup 0 0 1
Total 0 1 3

The Papa John's Trophy meeting in January 2022 at Harrogate brought an early goal from Luke Armstrong - and that proved to be enough to settle the tie.

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

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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.

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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.

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Referee - Rebecca Welch
Assistant Referee 1 - Stephen Wade
Assistant Referee 2 - Matthew Parry
Fourth Official - Declan Ford
Observer - Mark Haywood

Our referee for this game is Rebecca Welch. Rebecca has taken charge of 16 games so far this season, showing 49 yellow cards and one red.

A veteran of Women's FA Cup finals and the National League, this is the third time she's officiated for a Carlisle United game.

She was in charge for the pre-season friendly meeting with Hebburn Town in July 2021 where Tristan Abrahams scored both goals (one from the spot) in a 2-0 victory.

And we saw her again for our 2-2 home draw with Scunthorpe at Brunton Park in September 2021. Jordan Gibson and Brennan Dickenson bagged a goal each in the closing stages to earn a 2-2- draw, and there were no United names taken on the day.

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There are no away tickets available for this fixture - we have SOLD OUT our allocation.

Tickets will not be available to purchase on the day of the game at Harrogate Town.

Tickets will not be duplicated if lost, stolen or damaged.

Any supporter in possession of a concession ticket (none adult ticket) on match day and who is not believed to qualify for the relevant concession will be directed to Harrogate Town ticket office to pay the upgrade amount to the full adult ticket price.

Therefore, it is suggested that all concessions (none adult ticket) take with them proof of their qualification for a concession ticket (ID). 

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