Match Preview: v Harrogate Town (A) Match Preview: v Harrogate Town (A)
By: Bescot Banter •

Match Preview: v Harrogate Town (A)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Harrogate Town.
Don't forget to join us across our social media channels where we'll bring you all the matchday build-up, in-game updates, and post-match reaction as the Saddlers make the trip to the EnviroVent Stadium on Tuesday evening.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

After Saturday's visit to Gresty Road and a meeting with Crewe Alexandra saw the Saddlers suffer their thirteenth defeat of what has been a dismal 2022/23 League Two campaign, attention turns to Tuesday's meeting with fellow strugglers, Harrogate Town.

With the season slowly winding down, it's difficult to see how Head Coach Michael Flynn will be able to motivate his team into such a position where they will view a clash with Harrogate as something more than just another game ticked off the list.

As many of the current crop are seemingly happy to go through the motions ahead of their not-so-well-earned summer holidays, were not expecting to see them entering a performance for the ages, though, an improvement on Saturday's showing away to Crewe would be nice.

We're hopeful that the manager will finally see the light and ring the changes as it seems pointless to continue to keep the faith with players who are either unwilling or incapable of entering a performance worthy of the shirt that they're given the privilege of wearing.

Whatever the outcome of Tuesday evening's clash it's clear there is plenty of room for improvement and, whether that's under the tutelage of Michael Flynn or a yet-to-be-decided replacement, we have to begin to see that the playing squad is capable of growth, and soon.

OPPOSITION NEWS

Opponents, Harrogate Town will reach Tuesday's match on the back of four successive draws, with their latest seeing them and Doncaster Rovers play out a two-all draw at the weekend.

Sitting just three points clear of 23rd-placed Hartlepool United, our hosts an ill-afford a defeat and will likely pose a threat on the counter as they look to strengthen their advantage over the teams in the drop zone.

FORM IN FIVE

Here is how the Saddlers and their opponents Harrogate Town have fared in their last five Sky Bet League Two games.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD

There have been only five competitive meetings between Walsall and Harrogate Town, and it's all-square in terms of Head-to-Head with each side earning one victory over their far-from-storied history.

The other three games ended in draws as there has been little to separate the two teams over the last few campaigns.

The first meeting was played behind closed doors at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, 19th September 2020 - Harrogate were in the middle of replacing their synthetic pitch to bring them in line with EFL regulations.

The match was an eventful, high-scoring affair as, despite taking an early lead, the Saddlers left it late to take a share of the spoils as Josh Gordon levelled nine minutes from full-time.

Walsall had led via Rory Holden's fourth-minute goal but were soon pegged back before falling behind as Aaron Martin and Jack Muldoon scored for the home side ahead of Gordon's leveller.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The most recent meeting between the Saddlers and Sulphuriites took place at Poundland Bescot Stadium on Tuesday, 25th October 2022, and saw Walsall ease to victory by three-goals-to-one.

Danny Johnson gave the Saddlers the lead via the penalty spot with Liam Gordon and Isaac Hutchinson joining him on the scoresheet before Matty Daly grabbed a consolation goal late in the second forty-five.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL has confirmed that Rebecca Welch, who is based in Washington, Tyne & Wear, will in charge, whilst Mark Cunliffe and Robert Atkin have been named assistant referees. Martin Woods will act as Fourth Official.

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CATCH THE MATCH

If you're not planning on going to the game you can catch the match via the club's in-house service - iFollow Walsall - which takes you through the highs and lows of every Saddlers game.

As this match is outside of the Saturday blackout, UK-based Saddlers can join their international friends in streaming the game via iFollow Walsall, with a Video Match Pass costing just £10.

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