Keeping up momentum at Harrogate Town

Close to 3,000 fans filled the stands last Saturday, taking in Towns 2-0 victory
Close to 3,000 fans filled the stands last Saturday, taking in Towns 2-0 victory

Harrogate Town AFC are determined to keep up the momentum following their historic victory and major crowd turnout at CNG Stadium in York.

Close to 3,000 fans filled the stands last Saturday, taking in Town’s 2-0 victory over the Minstermen, positioning Harrogate at the top of the National League North.

The sold-out match was a milestone for the club, now taking stock of how to continue its rise to glory.

Garry Plant, Harrogate Town AFC Managing Director said: “It was a historic day for us, the largest league audience we have drawn and the number tickets sold. The whole experience made it such a great day, a true Yorkshire derby.

“Previously when we have played away we were looking like at just over 900 fans attending, now on average it’s at 1,100. This is a trend that is just going up and up.”

He added: “We just have to keep winning, and keep up the momentum. At the beginning we just set ourselves the target of getting to the play-offs, that was our main goal and now we have taken the top spot. This will be a tough thing to maintain.

“It might be cliche to say but this is just a tough league, we are with ex-league clubs eager to get back in, like Darlington and York City, as well as aspirtional ones like Salford City. Some of these teams are flying high at the moment. It is a very competitive competition and we would like to win but but we have to take each week by week.”

Pointing to the team’s own stadium on Wetherby Road he added that work is transforming the experience for those in the stands, helping attract new blood among the team’s fans.

Mr Plant said: “The stadium is where they can go and find a good atmosphere. Gone are the days where your standing, getting wet and food seems like it is from another planet.”