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PREVIEW |Harrogate Town vs Wrexham

A chance to test ourselves against Football League opposition.

5 November 2021

The excitement of the owners' visit is behind us, but the potential excitement of the FA Cup lies in wait this weekend as we head north to take on League Two opposition.

Wrexham go into this game having been frustrated since the emphatic win at Barnet a fortnight ago. Since then we suffered a 3-2 loss at Maidenhead, despite fighting back bravely with 10 men, and dropped two points at home to Torquay despite dominating the first hour.

With Paul Mullin still suspended, and Jake Hyde out after limping off at Marine, Jordan Ponticelii and Dior Angus will fight it out for a place up front, but elsewhere in the team there is better injury news.

Luke Young returned ahead of schedule from the knock he picked up at Aldershot last Saturday, and Phil Parkinson is hoping that a midweek game between his squad will have allowed a few more absentees to get minutes in their legs and be available for selection.

Harrogate onsolidated their position in their first season in the Football League, coming 17th in League Two in the Summer, and have started this season well. However, three defeats in four games, culminating in a 1-0 home loss to Bristol Rovers, has seen The Sulphurites slip from second in the table to seventh.

Simon Weaver's leadership of the club, and the way he has guided Town up the divisions has earned him a great deal of respect inside the game. Their recent results have given him cause for concern, though, and he has suggested he'll give a couple of players a chance to prove themselves in Saturday's match.

”We’re pretty steady with the selection,” he told the Harrogate Advertiser, "there’s not going to be four in, four out, but Saturday will be a chance for one or two to come in and stake a claim."

Luke Armstrong, who has followed up his prolific role in Hartlepool's promotion last season with 8 goals for Harrogate in this campaign, is a doubt as he injured his shoulder last weekend.

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Our record against Harrogate Town in the FA Cup is restricted to a preliminary round clash three seasons ago. We were drawn away to The Sulphurites, who at the time were also in the National League Premier, and battled out a goalless draw.

The replay saw us progress to the first round with a 2-0 victory, through second half goals by Akil Wright and Luke Young.

Although our history with Harrogate is limited – we’ve faced each other a mere seven times, going back to 2017– that’s not the only cup action we’ve experienced against them.

Our first clash was an FA Trophy tie at The Racecourse, and a half-strength side lost 2-0, with ex-Wrexham loanee Mark Beck grabbing both goals.

That’s the only loss we’ve suffered against them, though: since then we’ve won three and drawn three.

We're unbeaten at Wetherby Road, with 2 draws and a win to our names.

That victory was a magnificent effort. In January 2020 we travelled north with the odds against us: we were locked into a battle against relegation, while the home side were heading for promotion. However, we started impressively and took a deserved lead when some clever play from Dan Jarvis earned a free kick which James Jennings dispatched into the top corner.

After that, Town put us under enormous pressure but we defended our penaty area superbly, and struck again on the break, a fine solo goal by JJ Hooper securing victory.

Our first game at Harrogate was a tight affair which ended goalless, although Mike Fondop missed a great chance when he broke clear of the home defence to clinch the points.

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REPORT | Harrogate Town 2–1 Wrexham (FA Cup)

Reds bow out of FA Cup

6 November 2021

Wrexham exit the Emirates FA Cup after two second half Harrogate goals cancelled out Jordan Ponticelli’s opener.

Ponticelli tapped home after an acrobatic attempt from James Jones to give the visiting Reds the lead on 38 minutes, but second half efforts from Simon Power and Dani Orsi saw the EFL side through.

Phil Parkinson made a number of changes from last weekend’s draw with Torquay with Cameron Green starting for the first time this season and Luke Young also named in the XI.

Reece Hall-Johnson also had a place on the bench having been out since the opening day of the season.

The first chance of the game fell to Wrexham as Jordan Davies fired a strong low drive wide after just four minutes. The home sides’ first chance of note would come eleven minutes later when Aaron Martin headed over.

The opening half-hour didn’t see either goalkeeper tested, with another Davies effort from range looping wide – the biggest reaction from the crowd came when Shaun Brisley and Martin had a skirmish in the middle of the park following a foul by the Harrogate forward.

On 38 minutes Wrexham won a corner, Davies swung it in and Jones’ bicycle kick found Ponticelli at the far stick who prodded home to swing the advantage Wrexham’s way.

Half-Time: Harrogate 0-1 Wrexham

The second half saw Wrexham begin brightly with efforts from Tyler French and McAlinden having a sight of goal, but unable to convert.

Harrogate found themselves coming back into it more and more as the half went on and eventually on 73 minutes levelled via a set-piece routine on the edge of the box, Power hit it with venom with Lainton unable to put a stop to it.

Moments later, a calamity at the back left Lainton in no-man’s land and Orsi was able to finish into an empty net.

Wrexham pushed for their own equaliser, with Lainton up in the final few moments and Young having a volley superbly blocked by a defender in stoppage time.

Wrexham now move on to midweek as we head to Aldershot.

Wrexham Line Up: Lainton, French, Brisley, Hayden, Green, Tozer, Young, McAlinden, J.Jones, Davies, Ponticelli

Subs: Dibble, Hall-Johnson, Lennon, Hosannah, Reckord, Jarvis, D.Jones, Angus, Bickerstaff

Referee: Stuart Oldham

Man of the Match: Jordan Ponticelli

Attendance: 2,403 (582)

 

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Ticket News

FA CUP TICKETS | Don’t forget to collect your tickets before travelling

Red Dragons travel to Harrogate tomorrow

5 November 2021

Wrexham AFC would like to remind supporters to collect their match tickets for tomorrow’s FA Cup first round tie with Harrogate Town from the Club Shop.

We were allocated paper tickets for the match, and have a number still in store which must be collected before you travel to the EnviroVent Stadium.

Our allocation of 600 tickets has sold out, and there will be no away tickets available on the day at Harrogate.

The Club Shop is open from 9am-5pm today (Friday) for ticket collections.

Official supporter travel is available for this fixture, and places can still be booked. Coaches depart from the Mold Road at 09:30 and cost £18 for adults and £16 for juniors (under-18s). To book your place on the supporter bus, visit our eTicketing website now.

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