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14 September 2017

Harrogate Town take a break from league action this weekend as we welcome Penistone Church to The CNG Stadium in The Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round.

The South Yorkshire side currently sit 19th in The NCEL Premier Division after promotion via the playoffs from Division One last season.

Saturday's tie marks an incredible rise for former Halifax man Ian Richards' side, who were competing in the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division just four seasons ago.

Penistone will be hoping to repeat their 1st Qualifying Round upset which saw the Barnsley outfit overcome Whitby Town, with the winners of this tie receiving £4,500 in prize money.

Preparations for the game have not quite gone to plan for Richards' side, having been eliminated from The FA Vase on Tuesday night at the hands of Barnton, and losing their last league game 3-2 at Pickering Town.

Penistone will be competing at this stage of the competition for the first time in their history, while Town will be looking to go further than last season's 4th Qualifying Round exit at the hands of Halifax.

Town had to get past Bridlington and FC United of Manchester to reach that stage with both ties going to replays and have lost just one of their last 13 games.

Simon Weaver will be able to call upon the services of Jack Vann, who returns from a three match ban, and Liam Agnew who is available following a broken arm.

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