Match Preview: Harrogate vs Scunthorpe

League Two, Tuesday 1st December, 7pm kick off

Match Coverage

TV/Stream: The tie will be streamed live on the Iron’s iFollow channel and match passes are available to buy, priced £10, HERE.

Radio: Full live match commentary available via BBC Radio Humberside.

Iron boss Neil Cox has been dealt two further injury blows ahead of the Iron’s visit to Harrogate Town on Tuesday evening.

Junior Brown (thigh) and Olofela Olomola (knee) are set to miss a considerable amount of action. Olomola, who recently opted to stay at the club despite interest from non league, is likely to be out for three months, whilst the Iron boss was unable to put a time frame on Junior Brown’s return.

There will also be late decisions over defensive duo Harrison McGahey and Manny Onariase, who both trained on Monday.

Elsewhere, Kevin Van Veen misses out, but Jake Taylor is back from self isolation and comes into contention.

Harrogate Team News

Harrogate boss Simon Weaver has told his players to quickly forget about the weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Blackpool in the FA Cup and admitted he was relishing a return to League Two action this evening.

Town’s last league game came last Tuesday when they emerged 1-0 victors at Mansfield Town. The Sulphurites go into the game as odds on favourites despite being without a number of defensive players and you can check the latest odds ahead of the game at a number of betting sites legal in uk. Dan Jones joins Will Smith are injured, while Kevin Lokko misses out through suspension.

Weaver told the press: “They will come out fighting, even if we are short on numbers. We haven’t had an injury crisis for years, but it happens some times.

“We’re organised, we know what we’re about and we have players that can hurt teams at this level.”

In the opposition dugout

Simon Weaver has taken charge of over 500 games as Harrogate manager. Weaver led Harrogate to the EFL for the first time in their history last season as they beat Notts County 3–1 in the National League play off final at Wembley.

His dad, Irving Weaver, is chairman. Weaver Jr was appointed in 2009, two years before property magnate Irivng assumed control of the then struggling non-league club. The father-son duo have propelled Harrogate to the Football League in just ten years.

Players to watch

Scunthorpe born Jack Muldoon, who started his career at Glanford Park, is currently one of League Two’s top scorers with seven goals and three assists. He’s been involved in 66% of Harrogate’s goals so far this term.

Following his release from Glanford Park, the 31 year old carved out a career in Non League and a prolific spell at Worksop caught the attention of League One side Rochdale in 2014. He gave up his job as a plasterer to become a professional footballer and despite failing to break into the side at Spotland, he was a mainstay of the Lincoln City side that were promoted from the National League and enjoyed a spell at AFC Fylde before joining Harrogate.

Muldoon said: “I’ll just go into it like any other game. I haven’t really thought about it that much. They are a team close to my heart. Growing up as a kid, I used to go to the majority of the games.”

The man in the middle

Paul Howard is the man in the middle for the Iron’s first-ever trip to face Harrogate Town on Tuesday. It will also be the first time he has taken charge of an Iron match. He has refereed 13 games so far this season, dishing out 38 yellows and two reds.

Match Betting

The Iron can be backed at 10/3 with Sky Bet to record their third away victory in a row. The draw is 12/5, while the hosts are odds on favourites at 4/5.

Match Prediction

Harrogate 1-1 Iron

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