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Harrogate Town return to The CNG Stadium for the penultimate game in August, which has been an impressive, unbeaten start for Simon Weaver’s men.

Starting the season with three draws against Sutton United, Hartlepool and Bromley followed by impressive wins against ex-football league Barnet and Aldershot has left Town in 7th after the early stages of the season.

The goal scoring exploits of Dom Knowles will be an encouraging sign for Weaver with the striker opening the campaign with three goals in five games.

Town will be looking to carry on their unbeaten start to the season against this week’s visitors Solihull Moors, who are placed one place above Town in 6th, being one point better off.

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Solihull started their 2018/19 campaign in impressive style, picking up three wins on the bounce against Eastleigh, Maidenhead and Aldershot, but stumbled against FC Fylde, losing 3-1 before drawing 2-2 with Sutton United last weekend.

Harrogate and Solihull have played competitively 18 times in the past with Town losing out nine times, drawing three and winning six since 2007.

The two sides last met in January 2016, the season Moors secured promotion to The National League, at The CNG Stadium with Harrogate running out 6-0 winners on the day.  

Having been formed in the summer of 2007, Solihull Moors are one of the youngest clubs in the top five tiers of English football.

Current Solihull Manager Tim Flowers played for various clubs between from 1984 until 2003 and was notably part of the Blackburn Rovers side that won the Premier League in 1995, while the former goalkeeper has earned 11 caps for England.

Following the end of his playing career Flowers made his way into Goalkeeper Coaching until he was appointed as Assistant Manager at Hull City.

He then went on to have brief spells managing Stafford Rangers, Northampton Town and Kidderminster Harriers before moving back into working as a goalkeeper coach at Nottingham Forest.
On 20 June 2018, he returned to management replacing Mark Yates at Solihull Moors.

Solihull Striker Danny Wright has played nine seasons in the National League in service of seven clubs, totalling over 100 goals across more than 300 games. Wright already has two goals this campaign and will be looking to improve his impressive goal scoring exploits as the season goes on.

Preview by Isaac Martin