Trophy test for Town

JP Pittman netted a brace as Harrogate Town got back to winning ways against AFC Telford United
JP Pittman netted a brace as Harrogate Town got back to winning ways against AFC Telford United

Harrogate Town travel to Salford City’s Moor Lane base this evening (Tuesday) to contest an FA Trophy replay.

Simon Weaver’s men drew 2-2 with the Ammies in the original tie on November 26, and the sides were supposed to face-off again last Tuesday, only for the game to be postponed due to a frozen pitch.

A home meeting with Conference National high-flyers Barrow awaits the winners of tonight’s match.

And Town will go into the clash buoyed by Saturday’s 2-1 home success over AFC Telford United, a result which saw them win in National League North for the first time since September, bringing to an end a sequence of seven league fixtures without a victory.

After a goalless first half, JP Pittman moved the hosts in front just before the hour-mark when he converted James Cadman’s left-wing cross.

Pittman, still playing his way back to full fitness following an injury lay-off, doubled his side’s advantage five minutes from time when he nodded home his 13th goal of the campaign from close range after Joe Leesley picked him out.

Jon Royle’s 90th-minute header reduced the arrears and set up a nervy final few minutes of injury time for Town, but Weaver’s side held out for a much-needed three points.