This weekend’s featured EFL game comes from the Sky Bet League Two, where two teams – who met for the first time in the League last season – at reverse ends of the table lock horns.
With Harrogate Town hoping to get their campaign back on track and Stevenage eyeing a first win of the month, how will this one pan out?
Harrogate Town host Stevenage at The EnviroVent Stadium in League Two on Saturday 25 September. Kick-off in North Yorkshire is 15:00, as Boro make the 170-mile-plus trip to pay a visit to the fourth-tier high flyers.
At the helm
The EFL’s longest-serving boss Simon Weaver has been at the helm of Harrogate Town for over a decade, making the North Yorkshire team the first and only Club he has managed since hanging up his boots.
The 43-year-old finished his playing days on the books of Harrogate before being handed the opportunity to manage the Club by Chairman and father, Irving Weaver, and going on to spearhead a historic first promotion to the EFL.
In the opposite dugout, Alex Revell’s playing days taught him everything he needs to know about the EFL – including how to save penalties as well as score them!
In similar fashion, the former Rotherham United and Cardiff City striker took up the post whilst playing for Boro after the departure of Graham Westley. Since then, he guided them to a 14th placed finish in League Two by the conclusion of the 2020/21 campaign, looking to build on that this season.
League Two’s joint leading marksman Luke Armstrong has made an immediate impression on Town fans since joining the Club in the summer from Salford City, following a successful loan stint with Hartlepool United.
The Pools promotion winner notched three goals in his first three games as Harrogate started the campaign on the front foot, making the score-sheet in Town’s last outing as they were held to a 2-2 draw with Crawley Town.
Former Exeter City captain Jake Taylor marked a major coup for Stevenage upon his capture in the summer. Having reached three Play-Off Finals with the Grecians across his six seasons at St James Park, the midfielder has clocked over 300 EFL appearances.
The 29-year-old, who became the Club’s first summer signing, has turned out for Boro in each of their League games to date this campaign in the middle of the park.
Simon Weaver’s men enjoyed a flying start to the 2021/22 season, registering three wins on the bounce in the fourth-tier. However, Harrogate’s six-game unbeaten streak came to an end earlier in September, when the North Yorkshire Club fell to a 2-0 defeat to Port Vale.
Without a win in three, Town sit third in the League Two standings, equal on points with second placed Leyton Orient and trailing table toppers Forest Green Rovers – who dislodged their League Two rivals at the summit at the beginning of the month – by four points. However, Harrogate could look to close the gap on Saturday and reclaim top spot.
By contrast, Stevenage go in search of their first win of the month in North Yorkshire. Alex Revell’s men, who suffered back-to-back defeats against Forest Green and Sutton United, will look to bounce back at the weekend.
With eight points on the board, Boro could take advantage of Harrogate’s faltering form to boost their 21st placed ranking in the table, on a level playing field with Salford City, Sutton United, Walsall and Mansfield Town.
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