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PREVIEW | Harrogate Town U18 v Rovers U18

4 May 2023


PREVIEW | Harrogate Town U18 v Rovers U18

4 May 2023

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Rovers U18s hit the road for one last time this season as they round out their EFL Youth Alliance League campaign at newly-crowned champions Harrogate Town on Friday.

It will be the third time the two sides have met this season, and the second at the York St. John University Sports Park, with the previous meetings ending in a 2-2 draw at home and a 5-2 loss away. 

Therefore, Frank Sinclair’s side will be looking for a first win over the Sulphurites this season after a maximum of points was snatched from Rovers in the dying minutes of the game on the Eco-Power Stadium 3G. 

Last time out, thanks to Rovers’ 1-1 draw at Bradford City, Harrogate were confirmed as Youth Alliance League winners - despite falling to a 2-1 loss against Burton Albion. 

Prior to that loss, Town had only registered one win in the merit league, but they did what was necessary during the regular season to see themselves hit the 50 points mark with a game to spare. 

Just nine points ahead of Rovers, the North Yorkshire side have scored 45 goals during this campaign but have conceded the least, with only 21, to help them to top spot. 

However, in cup football this term, Town fell at the first hurdle in both the EFL Youth Alliance League Cup and the FA Youth Cup, leaving a free schedule to focus on the league. 

Despite travelling to the league’s top side, Rovers will head over to York full of motivation as they look to end their two-game winless run and finish the season on a high. 

They’ll also travel with the added determination of correcting the wrongs of their last visit to Harrogate when the youngsters took a heavy 5-2 loss while sitting top of the league. 

The merit league has provided Sinclair’s side with a mixed bag of results so far having taken a win against Lincoln City, a loss to Burton Albion and two draws elsewhere. 

Prior to that, the youth team took three wins from their last six regular season matches so they’ll still have confidence of their own as the squad starts to see next year’s scholars integrated into the team.  

The game will kick off at 1pm at the York St. John University Sports Park as the youth team look to secure a best league finish since 2019. 

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