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Sutton v Harrogate preview and spectator information

17 December 2021

The EFL's two newest members meet at the VBS Community Stadium on Saturday when Harrogate Town are the visitors.

Harrogate were promoted through the National League play-offs at the end of the 2019-20 season, and marked their EFL debut with a 4-0 win at Southend before going on to finish in 17th place, and made a bright start to this season, unbeaten in their first six matches, but a run of only one point from four games in late October slowed their progress and they come in to tomorrow's game in tenth place, although victory would move them above sixth placed Sutton on goal difference.

Harrogate's away form this season is better than their form in home games, with five wins in ten away games coming at Leyton Orient, Mansfield, Oldham, Walsall and Carlisle. They are likely to be without the injured Rory McArdle, Will Smith and Aaron Martin as they look to pick up what would be a first point at Sutton, having lost on their two previous visits.

Sutton manager Matt Gray has welcomed a week off after the arduous programme the previous week, and is hopeful that Joe Kizzi and Isaac Olaofe could return to the squad, while David Ajiboye faces a late test having picked up an injury at Bradford last week.

Tomorrow's referee is Josh Smith, who took charge of the Carabao Cup tie at Cardiff in August.


Following the tragic fire in Collingwood Road on Thursday night, Collingwood Road remains closed and spectators at tomorrow's game, whether driving or on foot, are asked to avoid the immediate area. Harrogate supporters, and any Sutton supporters wishing to use the turnstiles on the Recreation Ground side of the stadium, will need to enter the Recreation Ground from Gander Green Lane.

Tickets will be on sale from the ticket kiosk before the game, but if you want to avoid the queues you can buy online here before leaving home. You can pre-order a match programme, price £3, here.

If you can't get to the game you can listen to commentary on our iFollow service. Match passes, priced £2.50, can be bought here.

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