Is there life after Cartman? Preview of weekend football in Harrogate

With another busy weekend of fotballing action ahead for the Harrogate district, sports reporter Dan Windham casts a preview of the games to keep an eye on.
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Simon Weaver’s Harrogate Town host sixth placed Boston United on Saturday with the club looking to halt a run of eight games without a win.

Town slipped further into the relegation dog-fight after losing 1-0 at Brackley Town on Saturday (January 10) but Weaver is urging the club to ‘stick together’.

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Harrogate Railway will begin life without their talisman Nathan Cartman after the star striker completed his move to league rivals Darlington 1883 on Wednesday.

Billy Miller will be hoping his side can rediscover their goalscoring threat without Cartman when they host Kendal Town on Saturday after a 0-0 draw against Warrington Town last time out.

Tadcaster Albion are looking to march on in their quest for a date at Wembley when they face Brocton in the fourth round of the FA Cup Vase on Saturday.

Paul Marshall said his side were ‘confident’ heading into the cup clash and is expecting another fantastic atmosphere at the i2i stadium when his team take to the pitch.

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In Division One of the Northern Counties Eastern League, Knaresborough Town travel to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic on Saturday, fresh after an impressive 5-0 away victory over Hallam.

Brad Walker, 19, grabbed a hatrick on the day and Brian Davey will be hoping his side can continue their terrific away form, with the club boasting the third best record in the league.

In the West Yorkshire Premier Division, Boroughbridge host Ripon to contest another fierce local derby with both managers admitting the match will carry much more importance than local pride.

Both teams find themselves in the relegation zone after suffering similarly abysmal campaigns so far with the derby being dubbed ‘make or break’ in the two sides’ survival fight.

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After the crushing news that his side have been eliminated from the West Riding County Challenge Cup, Lee Barraclough’s Bardsey will be hoping to progress in the League Cup on Saturday.

Mike Bligh’s Knaresborough Town Reserves stand in their way and they travel to Bardsey hoping to put their recent exit in the County Cup at the hands of Beeston behind them.