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Match Preview: Harrogate Town

2 November 2018

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The Spireites travel to Harrogate on Saturday for their next fixture in the National League, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….

Tickets

Tickets for Saturday’s match go off sale on Friday at 12 noon. Supporters will not be able to buy match tickets on the day of the game.

Team News

Martin Allen should be able to field a similar side that faced Sutton United, as no injuries were picked up during Tuesday night’s draw.

During Thursday’s pre-match press conference, the manager gave an update on the injuries of both Drew Talbot and Charlie Carter. The boss stated that Talbot had an operation on Wednesday, and Carter is still around ten weeks away from being fit after limping off against Maidstone.

The Opposition

The Manager – Simon Weaver

During his playing career, former defender Weaver began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, before featuring for clubs such as Lincoln City, Kidderminster Harriers, and Tamworth. He finished his playing career at Harrogate, and which is where the 40-year-old began life as a manager.

Weaver was appointed player-manager of the club in 2009, which makes him the second longest serving manager in the National League, behind Sutton manager Paul Doswell.

His first season in charge didn’t go entirely to plan, as Harrogate finished the campaign at the foot of the National League North table. Luckily for the Yorkshire club, fellow National League North side, Northwich Victoria, were expelled from the league due to financial difficulties.

This rescued the club from relegation that season, and in 2012 Weaver decided to call it a day on his playing career to take up the managerial position permanently.

In his first season as the permanent manager at Harrogate, Weaver took the club to the second round of the FA Cup, the furthest the club has gone in the competition. Their FA Cup journey ended in heart-breaking fashion, after getting knocked out in a replay by Hastings on penalties.

In the 2015/16 season, Weaver impressively guided the club to their highest ever league finish, as they finished fourth in the National League North.

His greatest achievement at the club was taking the club into the National League last season. Having finished second in the league during the regular campaign, Harrogate faced Brackley Town in the play-off final. They came out 3-0 winners and gained promotion to the National League for the first time in their history.

The manager has been able to keep the momentum going, as they sit in an impressive fourth place in the National League.

One to Watch – Jack Muldoon

The Scunthorpe born striker started his career as a youth player at his hometown club, before having spells at clubs such as Sheffield FC, Alfreton Town and Rochdale. However, it was at Lincoln City where he was most successful. In his second season at ‘The Imps’, the forward helped the club gain promotion to the Football League. He was also a crucial part in the team’s famous FA Cup run during the 2016/17 season, where they beat Premier League club Burnley on their way to face Arsenal in the quarterfinals.

The forward then dropped down a division to join Fylde, and in his only season for the club helped them to a seventh-place finish, scoring ten goals.

Since moving to Harrogate in the summer he has been in good goalscoring form, netting seven goals in the league already.

The Spireites will certainly have to keep tabs on Muldoon if they are to come away from the CNG stadium with a clean sheet.

Head to head

Chesterfield have never come up against Saturday’s opponents before.

From the dugout

Martin Allen: "He (Simon Weaver) has got some good players. They're well-organised and well-drilled."

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