Conference North: Tricky Bank Holiday double for Harrogate Town

NADV 1208211AM6 former Harrogate Town man Adam Bolder is now at North Ferriby United (120811AM6)
NADV 1208211AM6 former Harrogate Town man Adam Bolder is now at North Ferriby United (120811AM6)

Having gone three matches in the newly-named Vanarama North without a victory, a home clash against Barrow followed by a trip to Yorkshire rivals North Ferriby United might not be Simon Weaver’s ideal fixture line-up.

Barrow were installed as the bookmakers’ favourites to take top spot from the word go this season, after new boss Darren Edmonson recruited smartly over the summer.

Up front, Jason Walker has experience of the Football League, and his goals were crucial in leading York out of the Conference in 2012.

Alongside him, former Ferriby man Anthony Wilson, 26, has a powerful record at non-league level while fellow signing Andy Cook was a thorn in several Conference sides at Grimsby Town last season.

With two wins and seven goals under their belt, Barrow are already looking likely play-off contenders. But Town can take confidence from the 3-1 victory against the Bluebirds at the CNG Stadium in April.

Similarly to Barrow, North Ferriby have started in the same vein of form as last season, when they battled AFC Telford all the way before losing in the play-off final to Altrincham in May.

The Hull side have won two of their three fixtures, including a scrappy 1-0 opening day win over Stockport County.

With the Allam-family’s financial backing, manager Billy Heath has snapped up a bundle of new players, including former Town men Adam Bolder and Dan Clayton.

Striker Nathan Jarman is already on the goalcharts, and the hitman is one of the league’s most feared forwards.

Last August, Harrogate Town pulled off a shock 5-0 thrashing of NFU but they will be out for revenge after losing 3-2 away in April.

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