Match Preview | Wanderers v Harrogate Town

Harrogate preview

Focus switches to the Emirates FA Cup this weekend as Wanderers welcome Harrogate Town to the Toughsheet Community Stadium.

A place in the Third Round draw is at stake, the stage of the competition which sees the introduction of Championship and Premier League opposition.

Ian Evatt’s men will be looking get into the hat for the Third Round for the first time since 2018/19 season.

Manager quotes

Ian Evatt: "We have full focus on Saturday. I just want the players to stay in this consistent vein of form they're in at the moment.

“They're doing things correctly. There are still things we can improve on but a lot of things they're doing right so, fingers crossed, we can take it into the game on Saturday.

“They (Harrogate) will come here and throw everything at us and we have to take it really seriously, which we will be doing of course. We are ready for it, we are in good form and looking forward to Saturday. This club has got a rich history in the FA Cup so we want to try and progress.”


Harrogate Town Manager Simon Weaver: “It’s a great ground to go and play an FA Cup tie. Bolton are doing fantastically well at the top of League One so it’s a big challenge for us.

“We’ve got to fill the lads with belief and matching Wrexham on Tuesday night should give us that. Bolton have got a fantastic squad which I believe will be playing in the Championship next year but the pressure will be on them. We are the underdogs but we still have to go there and play well.”

Team News

Wanderers welcomed Randell Williams and Zac Ashworth back to full training this week after they have recovered from their respective injuries.

Harrogate are missing Mark Oxley, Toby Sims, Sam Folarin, James Daly and Rod McDonald however they will be hopeful of Matty Daly and Levi Sutton returning to action.

Form guide

Harrogate currently find themselves 16th in Sky Bet League Two after 20 games played. A spirited fightback against Wrexham last time out will no doubt give Simon Weaver’s men a boost coming into today’s fixture.

In the First Round of the competition, the Sulphurites avoided a cup upset as they dispatched of Marine with a convincing 5-1 away win.

Wanderers picked up a valuable, hard-fought point on the road at Oxford United on Tuesday night which leaves Ian Evatt’s men top of the pile.

The Whites will be hoping to replicate their First Round performance where they were victorious over Solihull Moors in a 4-0 win thanks to goals from Almeida Santos, Maghoma, Forrester and Charles.



Referee: Tony Harrington

Assistant Referees: Stephen Wade and Declan Ford

Fourth Official: Aaron Bannister


Saturday, 3pm


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