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Gainsborough Trinity Preview

17 August 2017

Harrogate Town travel to The Martin & Co Arena on Saturday looking to extend their impressive start to the season.

No team has scored more than Simon Weaver's side so far with Simon Ainge (6) and former Trinity forward Jordan Thewlis (4) first and third in the league's top scorers standings.

The Holy Blues escaped relegation by a point last year after the appointment of Dave Frecklington in February, and have started the season with one win and three losses.

Defeats to Leamington and Darlington were followed by an impressive win at Nuneaton last weekend, though Tuesday night's home defeat to Blyth Spartans leaves Trinity with just one win from their previous 16 home league games.

Only North Ferriby have conceded more times this season than Frecklington's side, who have not won a home game on a Saturday since October 2016.

Home and away the Holy Blues have won just two of the last 19 league fixtures, while Town are unbeaten in six stretching back to the end of last season.

Both meetings last season ended in away victories as Town recorded a 2-0 success at Northolme in August, before a Thewlis inspired Trinity claimed all three points at The CNG Stadium in January.

Lloyd Kerry was on the score sheet on both occasions, but will be unable to continue that form as the midfielder continues to recover from a knee injury.

Trinity look set to be without Jonathan Williams, Tom Davie, Alex Simmons and Chris Salt through injury, while Town have absentees of their own in Ban O'Hanlon, Liam Agnew, and Louie Swain.

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