Tough start announced for Harrogate Town

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Harrogate Town will face four league newcomers in their first six matches of the new Conference North season.

Simon Weaver’s men open their season with a long trip south to Oxford City on August 17 before welcoming Vauxhall Motors to the CNG on August 17.

Promoted Hull-based North Ferriby United then visit Town on August 24 before three clashes against relegated Conference Premier sides in a row.

Town will travel to Barrow on Bank Holiday Monday (August 26), before playing Stockport County at home on August 31 and AFC Telford United on September 7.

The reverse ties against North Ferriby, Barrow and County will be Town’s final three fixtures with the season finishing on April 26.

Beaten play-off finalists Guiseley visit on Boxing Day with the reverse on New Year’s Day.

After last season’s incredible run to FA Cup second round, Town will start back in the second qualification round on September 28.Town’s new signings Ashley Worsfold, Leigh Francis, Craig Nelthorpe, Tommy Wright, Chris Hall and Anton Brown joined the rest of the squad in their first pre-season training session on Monday.

Weaver’s side will start their pre-season campaign on July 13 when they host Championship side Barnsley.