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PREVIEW: Harrogate come to town on Saturday

A closer look at the weekend opponents

2 February 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Harrogate come to town on Saturday

A closer look at the weekend opponents

2 February 2023

Carlisle United v Harrogate Town, Saturday 4 February, kick off 3pm


Harrogate come into this one off the back of five games without a win, with three defeats and two draws making up that spell.

Prior to that they enjoyed high-scoring wins against Hartlepool and Grimsby, but they find themselves too close to the bottom places for comfort with 20 games left to play.

There's been a lot of movement through January with free agent defender Toby Sims the first to commit on a six-month deal on his return from the States.

Long-serving Town midfielder George Thomson extended his stay - he's made over 200 appearances for the Sulphurites - with a further two-year deal

Defender Anthony O'Connor joined after being released by Morecambe, and left back Matt Foulds was loaned from Bradford City.

Skipper Josh Falkingham was another to agree a two-year contract extension, and another defender came in to bolster the ranks last week when Tom Eastman agreed a loan until the end of the current campaign.

who watch

Striker Luke Armstrong has hit a rich vein of form through the second half of the season.

He has nine goals from his last eleevn appearances and remains our one to watch.

Lively and with a definite eye for goal, he'll look to work the back line and link the play up.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Harrogate wins
League 0 2 3
Cup 0 0 1
Total 0 2 4

There were plenty of goals over in North Yorkshire in November 2022. Taylor Charters gave United the lead with a beauty, and Ryan Edmondson restored it after Luke Armstrong had levelled. Warren Burrell and Jaheim Headley put the home side in front, but Owen Moxon earned the Blues a point with almost the last touch of the game.

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First-half goals from Diamond and McArdle gave the home side a two-goal cushion when United were in Yorkshire in April 2022. Jack Diamond added a third in time added on.

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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 - Robert Lewis
Assistant Referee 1 - Darren Williams
Assistant Referee 2 - Bradley Hall
Fourth Official - Graeme Fyvie
Observer - Eddie Ilderton

Robert LewisThe referee for this game is Mr Robert Lewis. Robert has taken charge of 21 games so far this season, showing 74 yellow cards and one red.

He was here for our 2-0 home win over Crawley in March 2021, with Joe Riley and Omari Patrick scoring the goals. Callum Guy went in the book that day.

We had Rob in December 2020 for our 4-0 home win over Stevenage. Nick Anderton, Lewis Alessandra, Josh Kayode and Joe Riley scored our goals, and Luke Prosser was sent off for the visitors when he picked up his second booking with 15 minutes left to play.

Mr Lewis was our referee for the January 2020 trip to Boundary Park where a goal from Byron Webster earned the Blues a 1-1 draw. Aaron Hayden was the only away name taken on the day.

He was the man in the middle here at Brunton Park in January 2019 when we beat Mansfield 3-2. Hallam Hope [2] and Jack Sowerby bagged our goals, with Matt Preston and Tyler Walker notching for the Stags. Neal Bishop was dismissed as he walked down the tunnel at half time in what was a feisty encounter.

We saw him prior to that when he was at Brunton Park for our 1-0 defeat at the hands of Lincoln towards the end of the 2017/18 season. Matt Green scored what turned out to be the winner just before the break, and Tom Parkes and Jamie Devitt had their names taken in what was a feisty encounter.

A busy day for the referee was capped off in time added on when he showed Mike Jones a red card for a second rash challenge.

He was also the man in the middle for our trip to Grimsby earlier that season. Clint Hill scored the winner with 20 minutes left to play and there were no cards shown at all on the day.


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