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10 August 2017

Harrogate Town will be full of confidence ahead of Saturday's trip to Edgeley Park after starting the season with back to back victories.

Successive wins against Nuneaton and North Ferriby sees Simon Weaver's side sit top of the National League North, though Stockport County will be buoyed by Tuesday night's 3-0 triumph over Curzon Ashton.

County's recent record at Edgeley Park has been very impressive, with Jim Gannon's side not tasting league defeat on home soil since November.

The Hatters lost just one of their final 24 league matches last term, a run of form that saw Saturday's opponents fall just a point short of a play-off place.

To better last season's eighth place finish, County will be looking to improve in front of goal after finding the net the least in the league's top 14, though no side in the National League North conceded fewer than Gannon's men.

Losing Danny Lloyd to Peterborough in the summer will not help County's cause, though three goals against Curzon will give hope the new look Stockport attack can thrive without their star man.

The two sides were paired with each other for 2016/17's Boxing Day/ New Years' Day double header with The Hatters nicking a 1-0 win at The CNG Stadium, before a 1-1 draw was played out in the reverse fixture.

Manager Simon Weaver is expecting a challenging fixture, he said: “We know it is going to be a tough challenge, there will be a few thousand there and we hope it is a really good atmosphere for the players to go into.

“Hopefully we can take advantage of the atmosphere and keep on building some early momentum, but it is going to be difficult; they are an experienced team with an experienced Manager.”

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