Harrogate Town News

FC United of Manchester Preview


Harrogate Town return to league action on Saturday afternoon with a trip to FC United of Manchester’s Broadhurst Park.

The Red Rebels have recently appointed Tom Greaves as successor to long term Manager Karl Marginson in an effort to beat away the threat of relegation.

Marginson guided his side to 13th last season, just five points shy of Town’s total, but FC United currently sit just one place above the drop zone, and 20 points behind Town.

Despite their league position, Greaves’ side have won their last six fixtures on home soil, and know a seventh successive win could lift them above four teams.

Simon Weaver’s side have only once come away from an away tie with FC United with a win; on their first visit back in 2009, though FC United have failed to win any of the last five meetings between the sides.

The last meeting between the two ended in a 2-2 draw thanks to now-Town midfielder George Thomson’s late equaliser, one of four meetings between the sides throughout the 2016/17 season, in which Town mustered 10 goals.

Following last Friday night’s FA Trophy win at Darlington, Town have won eight of their last nine matches away from home and have lost just one of 13 on their travels.

Recent form suggests something will have to give on Saturday with The Red Rebels not having a home game end in a draw since April.

Mark Beck could play a part after featuring for Josh Falkingham’s Under 21s on Monday night, while Joe Leesley could make his 75th Town appearance since joining in Summer 2016.
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