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Match Preview: Harrogate Town

22 February 2019

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The Spireites will aim to make it three successive league victories when they host Harrogate Town on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game…..

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Team News

The Spireites have no fresh injury concerns heading into Saturday’s game at the Proact. During Thursday’s pre-match press conference John Sheridan gave a positive update on the potential returns of Charlie Carter and Laurence Maguire.

“They’re doing everything they can and they’re not far off from being involved in the matchday squad,” said the boss.

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 is where the 41-year-old began life as a manager.

Weaver was appointed player-manager of the club in 2009, but 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.

Harrogate currently sit in ninth position in the National League table.

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 their 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 at the club helped them to a seventh-place finish, scoring ten goals.

Since moving to Harrogate last summer he has been in good goalscoring form, netting twelve goals in the league so far.

The Spireites will have to keep a close eye on Muldoon if they are to claim all three points at the Proact on Saturday.

Head to head

The only meeting between the two sides came earlier in the campaign. Jonathan Smith gave the Spireites the advantage in the second half at the CNG Stadium, only for the home side to grab a stoppage-time equaliser.

 From the dugout

John Sheridan: “They’re another team doing really well; they’re tricky opponents. They’ve had a couple of setbacks with their results but it’s another tough game because they’re having a good season, but I expect us to win when we are playing at home.”

 

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