Harrogate Railway’s league campaign begins on Saturday as they host Droylsden at Station View, while Tadcaster Albion get their first taste of cup football; taking on Hebburn Town in the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, Harrogate Town welcome Hednesford Town to the CNG and Knaresborough Town host Westella VIP with both sides looking to build on mixed starts to the season.
Harrogate Railway vs. Droylsden
Lee Ashforth has had to wait a week longer than his local managerial counterparts to get Railway’s league campaign up and running, but the wait is finally over as Droylsden arrive at Station View this weekend.
Having spent big over the Summer, Droylsden will prove a tough first opposition to Railway, although nine pre-season friendlies have allowed Ashforth’s newly assembled squad some vital time to gel.
Simon Parkes, Cameron Lynn and Alex Low will be hoping to be part of Railway’s first competetive line-up having missed the final friendly against Field AFC.
Last Meeting: Harrogate Railway 4 Droylsden 3
Last Time Out: Railway 1 Field AFC 1; Droylsden 0 Bala Town 5
Form: Railway LWLDD; Droylsden: WWLLL
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Harrogate Town vs. Hednesford Town
After an opening day defeat at Brackley Town, Harrogate Town got a first win of the season at home to Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday night and will be looking to take that home form into Saturday’s clash with Hednesford.
New signing Brendan Daniels will be pushing for a first start after his two goals on Tuesday night provided Town supporters with encouragement for the season ahead.
Like Town, Hednesford approach the game having recorded a win and a draw in their opening fixtures; overcoming Staylybridge Celtic 2-1 before losing 2-0 at AFC Fylde in midweek.
Last meeting: Harrogate Town 0 Hednesford Town 2
Last Time Out: Harrogate Town 3 Gainsborough Trinity 1; AFC Fylde 2 Hednesford Town 0
Form: Harrogate Town WWWLW; Hednesford Town: WWDWL
Hebburn Town vs. Tadcaster Albion
Tadcaster boss Billy Miller will be hopeful of masterminding an FA Cup run with Tadcaster Albion this year; starting on Saturday with a trip to Hebburn Town in the extra-preliminary round.
Despite conceding seven goals in their opening two league fixtures, Tadcaster fans will be expecting Billy Miller’s side to comfortably see off their Northern League Division Two opposition.
Taddy supporters had a good time of it in the cups last season; reaching multiple semi-finals and an FA Cup run this season would further enhance the club’s growing reputation.
Last Time Out: Tadcaster Albion 3 Parkgate 4; Birtley Town 0 Hebburn Town 0
Form: Tadcaster Albion LLLWL; Hebburn Town: WWLWD
Knaresborough Town vs. Westella VIP
Knaresborough Town will be hoping home advantage can help them record a first win of the season on Saturday as they welcome Westella VIP to Manse Lane.
Successive defeats at Teversal and Rossington Main have seen Paul Stansfield’s men endure a difficult start to the campaign, although their pre-season performance against neighbours Harrogate Railway has provided some cause for encouragement.
Westella have had slightly better fortunes in the opening stages of the season; getting up and running with a 4-3 win at Eccleshill United before losing 2-0 away to Hallam.
Last Time Out:Rossington Main 3 Knaresborough Town 1; Hallam 2 Westella VIP 0
Form: Knaresborough Town: WLDLL; Westella VIP: WWDWL