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Notts County Match Preview

15 December 2023

After last weekend’s trip to Sutton United fell victim to the weather Town are back on home turf on Saturday with Notts County the visitors.

And the game is the first of six that Simon Weaver’s side will face during the festive period, providing an opportunity to put the sort of run together that could see them move into the top half of League Two.

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Our opponents

The 2023/24 season is the first for the Magpies back in League Two since their relegation in 2018/19.

County come into the game in sixth place on 36 points, albeit the congested nature at the top end of the table means that they are just a single point behind Wrexham in second place.

They are something of the entertainers of League Two this season, with their 21 games seeing 81 goals at an average of almost four goals per game.

On the road they have taken 12 points from 10 games, winning three matches away from Meadow Lane.

Previous meetings

The two sides previously met in the truncated 2019/20 season. Notts had the initial upper hand after securing a 2-0 win at The Envirovent Stadium thanks to strikes from Kristian Dennis and Enzio Boldewijn.

After the re-start to the season the two sides – who finished second and third when the season was brought to a premature close – won their eliminator games to meet in the final at Wembley, where Town ran out 3-1 winners.

The two sides then met in the delayed FA Trophy semi-final, which saw Town - by then a league club - edge out their opponents 1-0 thanks to Will Smith’s goal.

The man in charge

Luke Williams is the main in the dugout opposite to Simon Weaver tomorrow.

Williams held coaching positions at Bristol City, MK Dons and Swansea before taking the Notts job in the summer of 2022, guiding the club to promotion via the playoffs at the first attempt. He was previously manager at Swindon town between December 2015 and May 2017, departing following the clubs relegation.

Ones to watch

Macauley Langstaff has wasted no time settling in to life in League Two. After netting 41 goals in their promotion campaign a year ago he has already struck 14 times this season.

There is no shortage of creativity from midfield either with Jodi Jones contributing ten assists as well as three goals. David McGoldrick, who arrived from Derby in the summer has eight goals as does Daniel Crowley, who has also tallied seven assists.

The veteran John Bostock will also line-up in a midfield packed with quality.

Aden Baldwin will anchor the defensive unit which will also likely see Lewis Macari, on loan from Stoke City, feature in front of Aidan Stone in goal.

History

Founded in 1862 the club is the oldest professional football club in the world and County were a founder of the Football League in 1888. The club play at Meadow Lane, their home ground since 1910.

In the late nineteenth century the club recorded two top three positions as well as winning the FA Cup final in 1894. The first half of the twentieth century saw the club mostly play in the second tier before relegations to the bottom tier saw them outside the top two divisions until the early 1970’s.

They secured a return to the top flight in 1980/81 and engineered a three season stay before relegation back to the third tier but Neil Warnock guided the club back to the top division in 1991. The club would again suffer relegations though before exiting the league entirely at the end of the 2018/19 season.

Team news

Town continue to be without Mark Oxley, Toby Sims, James Daly, Sam Folarin and Rod McDonald, an injury list that was joined by Jonathan Mitchell this week, leaving Simon Weaver searching the emergency loan market prior to the weekend.

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Match Reports

Thomson, Odoh and Daly strike as Town see off Notts County

16 December 2023

George Thomson , Abraham Odoh and Matty Daly were all on the scoresheet as Town picked up all three points at The EnviroVent Stadium against Notts County.

Thomson opened the scoring with an unstoppable left footed finish, with Odoh pouncing on Aidan Stone spilling Daly's shot to make it 2-0 at the break.

County did pull a goal back through Jodi Jones' free kick, but within minutes Daly had flicked the ball into the bottom corner to secure all three points.

Emergency loan signing James Belshaw was straight into the side, with Liam Gibson playing centre half just ahead of his new teammate in the absence of the injured Rod McDonald.

Town set the tone for the afternoon with an early attack, Kayne Ramsay picking out Jack Muldoon with a low cross that the striker almost managed to poke into the back of the net.

George Thomson opened the scoring after seven minutes when Matty Daly broke away down the left and slid the ball back to the edge of the area where Town's number seven expertly sent a first time left footed effort past Aidan Stone.

Belshaw's first involvement was in the tenth minute when the ball broke to Jodi Jones at the back post, his powerful effort well held by Town's returning stopper.

Town doubled their lead in the 32nd minute in a move started and finished by Odoh, the winger coming inside and giving the ball to Daly, whose shot was spilled by Stone, with Abraham following up for an easy tap in.

Macauley Langstaff forced another save from Belshaw ten minutes from the end of the first half, but it could have been three for the hosts with Thomson a whisker away from a carbon copy of his opener.

The start of the second half was littered with bookings as Jim O'Brien, Adam Chicksen and Aden Baldwin were all cautioned by the Referee, joining Dean Cornelius in the book who had been given the same treatment in the first half.

An unstoppable Jodi Jones free kick in the 67th minute gave County a route back into the game, but within two minutes Daly restored Town's two goal advantage.

Thomson and Cornelius worked the ball between them in the corner of the area before the latter's driven ball into a dengerous area was delightfully flicked into the corner by Daly.

County were still looking to stage an unlikely comeback, but time and time again found Anthony O'Connor heading away anything that came into the Town box, in a Man of the Match performance.

Levi Sutton, Josh Falkingham, Jeremy Sivi, Josh March and Warren Burrell were all given some of the action late in the game, helping Town to a deserved home win.

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Ticket News

Notts County (H) Fixture Information

1 November 2023

Tickets for our SkyBet League Two clash with Notts County at The EnviroVent Stadium on Saturday 16th December are now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for home supporters who have been to at least one game since the start of the 2022/23 season. 

Here's how you can secure a ticket...

Supporters can purchase their tickets online via the below link, or visit us in-store.

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Please note there will be no telephone sales. 

For any assistance, accessibility tickets or under 5 tickets, please email: tickets@harrogatetownafc.com

General sale will then commence on 1st December (subject to availability).

Tickets can be purchased at our advance rate until midnight on Friday 15th December, after which point prices will increase by £2 or £1 depending on category.

Prices

Prices for this fixture can be seen below.

For the 2023/24 season, purchasing a ticket in advance will be cheaper than purchasing from 12am onwards on the day of the game. Admission prices will increase on a matchday (from 12am), by £2 for over 18s and £1 for U18s.

Programme

Our Notts County match programme will be available to purchase for £3 inside the ground on matchday.

Programmes will also be able to read online, free of charge 24 hours prior to kick-off via the below link.

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How to Follow

If you are unable to attend the match, updates will be provided across our social media channels and via our Live Match Centre, where text and audio commentary can be accessed.

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Pre-Match Entertainment

We're teaming up with our official brewery partner, Black Sheep Brewery to offer you the chance to take part in a Half-time penalty shootout.

More information

Turnstiles open from 1.30pm, along with our supporters' bars and matchday food kiosks.

You will find our marquee bar located between the GH Brooks and Black Sheep stand, and our Supporters bar between underneath the EnviroVent Stand, next to the Exercise.co.uk hospitality suite.

Both bars serve a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including 'Yellow Black Army' and Black Sheep's popular 'Respire'. 

Hot and cold food is available from multiple locations inside our ground, for a full matchday menu click here.

Our friendly mascot Harry Gator will be in attendance, meeting supporters before the match and at half-time.

Our Exercise.co.uk hospitality suite will also be open, to book your place email joannetowler@harrogatetownafc.com.

Club Shop

Supporters can buy a range of merchandise from our new-look club shop inside the stadium, located next to the North Gate. Open from 1.30pm, our shop sells replica shirts, accessories, match programmes and more.

Further information, including travel and stadium safety is available in our matchday guide.

Safety notice

We would like to remind supporters that they must not throw items of any sort onto the pitch.

The club is aware of, and concerned by, the increasing number of occurrences of items being thrown, which contravene the EFL ground regulations.

all items thrown are considered missiles, regardless of what is thrown and whether or not it hits anyone.

Any supporter identified by the clubs CCTV will be issued a significant club ban and may also face potential police action.

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