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In Opposition: Harrogate Town

First ever meeting with newest EFL side this weekend

22 October 2020

The U's are preparing for their second home fixture of the week, with the visit of Harrogate Town this Saturday.

Manager - Simon Weaver

Top Scorer(s) - Jack Muldoon (6)

Last Result - Grimsby Town 1-2 Harrogate Town 20/10/2020

Harrogate Town were only promoted to the EFL for the first time in the summer, with a 3-1 victory over Notts County in the National League play-off final at Wembley. .

But Simon Weaver's side haven't needed any time at all to adapt to life in Sky Bet League Two - currently sitting fourth in the table, with only one defeat in their opening seven league games. 

Harrogate have seen a dramatic rise in the last two seasons, with two promotions in three seasons, lifting them from the National League North to the fourth tier of English football for the first time in their 101-year history. 

And manager Simon Weaver has been key to their success, originally joining in 2009 as player/manager, he has now taken charge of over 500 games at Wetherby Road. 

Last time out, Weaver's side got their third win in a row, with a 2-1 win against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. 

"We knew it was going to be a difficult game, but the way we played first half has set a real benchmark for us." - Simon Weaver

"It was a great victory for us. We've come to a good fotballing team and got the three points."

Top scorer at the club, Jack Muldoon netted a brace against Grimsby, continuing his fine form at the start of the season, ranking him the second top scorer in the league with six goals in the five games he has played. 

Their preview two games were both won by a single goal, against Bradford City and Barrow. 

At Valley Parade, the visitors could count themselves unlucky not to score more than the single goal from Lloyd Kerry, with twenty-five shots on goal against Bradford. Nevertheless, Kerry's goal was enough for the three points that evening and set up their return to Wetherby Road. 

After playing their first two home games at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium, while the pitch was refurbished, Barrow were the visitors for Harrogate's first league game at their own stadium. 

And Jack Muldoon's early effort was the difference between the newly promoted sides, pushing Harrogate towards the top end of the table. 

Weaver's side will likely line up with a traditional 4-4-2 formation, as they have for much of the season. It has proved a successful tactic so far this season in both attack and defence, with the third most goals scored, and joint second least goals conceded. 

Colchester United will want to build on their first win in five games, after grinding out a 1-0 victory against Forest Green Rovers who came to the JCS an unbeaten side. 

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