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Harrogate v Sutton preview and ticket update

12 April 2024

It's a crucial afternoon on Saturday in the quest to stay in the EFL, with all four teams involved in the relegation battle away to sides who still have ambitions of leaving League Two in the opposite direction at the end of the season. Sutton face Harrogate Town at the Envirovent Stadium, with U's wearing white.

Of the four opponents of the sides at the foot of the table, Harrogate's chances of featuring in the play-offs would appear to be the most remote, with anything less than wins in each of their last three games unlikely to be enough. However they are in good form going in to the game, losing only one of their last seven games and winning their last three at home, including a 5-1 hammering of rivals for a play-off spot Gillingham on Easter Monday. Until that run it was their away form that had been more impressive, and in January they won at Sutton for the first time, but U's have won on each of their last two visits to the Envirovent Stadium.

Sutton also need wins from the last three games, having seen all Forest Green, Colchester and Grimsby all lose on Tuesday, Grimsby's defeat coming by the only goal at Harrogate. U's will definitely be without Ben Goodliffe, whose injury picked up in training before the Stockport game will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Saturday's referee is Adam Herczeg, in his second season as an EFL referee and in the middle for the game at Stockport in December. To balance that, he also took charge of U's 1-0 win at King's Lynn in the National League championship season.

Remaining tickets have now been made available for Sutton supporters through the Harrogate ticketing system here. If you have not used Harrogate's system before you will need to create an account here and then buy tickets here. Note that there will be no physical tickets on sale at the ground. Prices until midnight tonight are: Adults £20; Concession £16(age 65+; Blue Light Card holders; Full time students; registered disabled. Proof of eligibility may be required in all cases); Under 18 £8; Under 12 £6; Under 5 free with one paying adult; Carer free with registered disabled ticket. Prices rise by £3 for seats, and after midnight tonight adult and concession prices rise by £2 and under 18 prices rise by £1. All admission will be through the South turnstile. Any tickets that have been ordered through the Sutton ticketing system and not yet collected must be collected from the Away Cabin next to the South Turnstile at Harrogate. There is currently no bar available for away supporters, with The Woodlands Pub in Wetherby Road (HG2 7AB) a five minute walk from the ground. There is a full guide for away supporters here.

For supporters not going to the game we will have our usual audio commentary on the iFollow system for UK supporters, with a match pass costing £2.50, and supporters overseas can watch a live feed of the game for £10. Click here to buy the relevant pass.

The Supporters' Coach leaves at 6.45am, fare £40 return.

For independent travellers, by car: Leave the A1(M) at junction 47 and take the A59 towards Knaresborough. At a roundabout in a couple of miles, ignore the A59 signs and instead take the A658 towards Bradford. At the second roundabout turn right on to the A661. Pass a Sainsburys on the left and the ground is on the right just before the hospital. There is no parking at the ground, but street parking is available around the ground although parking restrictions apply in some cases. You can park for £6 at the Cedar Court Hotel in Park Parade (HG1 5AH) - book your car in, and pay, at reception. Alternatively use town centre car parks and walk to the ground.

By rail: There is one direct service from King's Cross to Harrogate in each direction, with a train off King's Cross at 09.33 (arrive 12.24), and the return at 17.36(arrive 20.28). Otherwise a change is required at either Leeds or York. Via Leeds trains are at 10.03, 10.35 or 11.03, taking about three hours, and returning at 18.19 or 18.47. Via York trains are on the hour and half hour, with a slightly quicker journey time. Return at 17.05, 18.07 or 18.25. The station is about a twenty minute walk from the ground or you can take the number 7 bus, where a reduced fare is payable on production of a match ticket. If travelling from Leeds, Hornbeam Park station is also within walking distance, and if from York the same applies to Starbeck. Note that you can't buy return tickets on LNER these days so will need to buy two singles. 
The Academy side are away to Leyton Orient on Saturday morning in the EFL Youth Alliance, kick off 11am at Buckhurst Hill FC, IG9 6BJ.

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Match Reports

Match report for Harrogate Town 2 Sutton United 2

13 April 2024

Harrogate Town 2 (Thomson 49, Muldoon 80) Sutton United 2 (Beautyman 45+1, Moore 87)

The sight of both sets of players dropping to the ground in disappointment when referee Adam Herczeg blew the final whistle at the Envirovent Stadium underlined the impact of a result that did neither side any favours. Harrogate's chances of featuring in the end of season playoffs were left hanging by a thread, while what for Sutton would normally have been regarded as a good, hard earned point became less of a welcome result as news came through of Colchester's win at Crawley which pushed U's back in to the bottom two of the League Two table.

Sutton will be the more frustrated, having deservedly led at half time and then conceded two avoidable goals in the second half which meant that Deon Moore's continuation of his Surrey Senior Cup form was worth only a point. After Moore's 87th minute strike, both sides went for a winner and both might have grabbed one, Steve Arnold making a fine save from Jack Muldoon, who had come off the bench to put Harrogate ahead ten minutes from time, and Harry Smith sending a shot too high from inside the penalty area.

Sutton welcomed back captain Craig Eastmond and defender Ryan Jackson from injury, while Charlie Lakin was fit to play after coming off at half time against Stockport, and with the advantage of the elements on a blustery afternoon U's had the better of the first half, with Harrogate's only glimpse of goal coming when Anthony O'Connor headed over from a George Thomson free kick. It was in the other penalty area that O'Connor impressed, though, clearing several crosses in to the penalty area, but even so Sutton had moments when they might have gone ahead, Josh Coley's volley from the edge of the penalty area saved by James Belshaw, who was less comfortable with a Charlie Lakin free kick that he scrambled round the post. Nino Adom-Malaki also saw a shot from the edge of the penalty area go just wide, but with the game entering first half stoppage time Coley, who spent part of last season on loan at Harrogate, battled his way through on the right edge of the penalty area before pulling back a low cross that was turned in by Harry Beautyman.

Harrogate were sent out early for the second half and looked a much greater threat with the wind behind them, and within four minutes they had levelled when Matty Foulds evaded a sliding Omar Sowunmi on the left and crossed for Thomson to place a shot beyond Arnold. Chances for both sides were at a premium after that, with Joe Kizzi sending a header wide for Sutton and Thomson volleying over from the edge of the penalty area for Harrogate. Thomson was also presented with an opening by a poor clearance from Arnold, but his attempt to lob the stranded keeper from distance veered off course and wide.

Ten minutes from time Harrogate went in front when a Jackson throw in was cleared and Kizzi was adjudged to have fouled Muldoon just inside the Harrogate half. Thomson took advantage of U's players still coming back from the throw in  by taking a quick free kick to release substitute Sam Folarin on the left, and he squared a pass for Muldoon, whose two goals had won the reverse encounter for Harrogate at the VBS In January, to make himself the potential match winner again with a powerful finish.

He wasn't the match winner this time, though, because with three minutes left, two of U's own substitutes combined as Olly Sanderson sent Moore through on the right and he sent his shot under the advancing Belshaw to record his first EFL goal four days after his hat trick against Corinthian Casuals. The sight of Smith rushing back to the centre circle with the ball emphasised that U's needed more, and with Harrogate's playoff hopes now diminishing both sides went for it in the eight minutes that were subsequently played. Within a minute of the equaliser Muldoon was put through by Matty Daly only for Arnold to come out and make a fine save, and in stoppage time Smith ran on to a Lakin pass on the left of the penalty area but sent his shot too high, leaving both sides having to settle for a result that neither wanted.

Sutton: S Arnold, R Jackson, N Adom-Malaki(sub S Duke-McKenna 74), O Sowunmi, J Kizzi, S Hart, J Coley(sub D Moore 74), C Eastmond (sub O Sanderson 56), H Smith, H Beautyman, C Lakin. Subs n/u M Kerbey, L John, C N'Guessan, C Clay. Booked: Eastmond, Hart.

Harrogate: J Belshaw, D Abu, M Foulds, A O'Connor, L Sutton(sub S Dooley 75), R MacDonald, G Thomson, D Cornelius, A Odoh(sub S Folarin 70), M Daly, J March(sub J Muldoon 63). Subs n/u M Oxley, J Falkingham, W Burrell, J Sivi

Referee: Adam Herczeg

Attendance: 2,526(193 away)

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