Town gunning for the Spitfires once more

Town gunning for the Spitfires once more

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 4:50pm 20th February 2020.

Harrogate Town return to National League action this weekend against the team they knocked out of the FA Trophy only two weeks ago.

  • Town had their Tuesday night fixture at Barnet abandoned at half time due to a water-logged pitch.
  • Eastleigh were beaten 2-0 last time they visited the CNG stadium in an FA Trophy match.
  • Victory on Saturday would see Harrogate close the gap on leaders Barrow before they kick off at 5:20PM.

On Tuesday night (18th February) Harrogate Town made the 398 mile-round trip to Barnet, only to see the match abandoned at half time due to heavy rain and unplayable conditions.

Town led through a first minute goal from in-form midfielder George Thomson, only to see it cancelled out in the 38th minute and then at half time, with conditions rapidly deteriorating, the referee called time on the game to leave Harrogate's players, management and fans frustrated.

Assistant manager Paul Thirlwell knows it's a situation that cannot be blamed on anyone, but perhaps given the forecast of heavy rain in North London, there should've been more consideration given before Town had even begun to make the long journey South.


This Saturday, "the spitfires" from Eastleigh fly back up North looking to avenge their defeat in the FA Trophy just two weeks ago against Simon Weaver's men. 

Three points for Town would add a little pressure to league leaders Barrow who don't kick off until 5:20PM at Sutton United, but as Paul Thirlwell explained to Stray FM's Pete Egerton, all they can do is continue to score goals, try to win games and keep playing in the manner that so far, is working incredibly well for the team.

Listen to the full chat with Paul Thirlwell below.