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We've Met Before: Harrogate Town

2 March 2021

A photo of Holker Street Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
Holker Street

Phil Yelland delves in to the archives to look up previous Harrogate Town visits to Barrow ahead of tonight's encounter in League Two.

This will be Town’s first visit to The Progression Solicitors Stadium in the Football League but, during the non-league years, we met on many occasions in different competitions.

It’s a measure of how far Town have come that in our first meeting here in September 1993 we defeated them 6-1 in an FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie, with goals from Neil Doherty (4), Barry Butler and Steve Watt.

Our first league meeting came in the UniBond League Premier Division in March 203. Town had won at Wetherby Road in November and completed the double with a 2-1 win – our goal was a last-minute effort from Mark Salmon.

We didn’t beat Town here in a league game until they visited in Nationwide North in April 2005 when the winner came from local midfield player Gareth Simpson.

Our last win over them on home soil came as far back as August Bank Holiday Monday 2013 when a free kick from Sam Sheridan gave us a 1-0 win. It was our first win following relegation from Blue Square Premier in what was our fourth game of the campaign.

Since then, there have been three league meetings here. Two of them have ended all square and last season, in our opening home game of the campaign, there was a 3-0 win for Town.

Our last victory over them here came in an FA Trophy First Round replay on a cold night in December 2016. We won 4-2 after extra time, with goals from Akil Wright (now York City) with two, Ross Hannah (now back at Gainsborough Trinity) with one and Lindon Meikle (now of Tamworth) with one.

So, 15 meetings here between the teams in all competitions have seen eight wins, three draws and four defeats. Let’s hope its win number nine this evening.


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