“I’m hoping we can find some sort of consistency to start climbing the table again“
The opposition interview series reaches number 10, as Josh Richardson answers our questions on Harrogate Town:
Hi Josh thanks for responding to me. Tell us a bit about yourself and how long have you followed Harrogate?
I have followed Town for around 18 years since I was 5 years old. I follow them up and down the country home and away.
The team had an excellent 18-19, what were the keys to your success?
The key to our success last season was keeping the continuity in the squad from the promotion season from the Conference North and adding a few players with Conference experience to compliment the players already at the club. It allowed us to play the same attacking football we got promoted with and continue to score goals. The momentum we had at the start of the season from the previous one massively helped us too.
What were your hopes and expectations heading into 19-20?
At the start of the season after the transfer business we did in the window I expected us to again reach the play-offs, perhaps in a higher position.
How’s the teams recent form been?
Our form of late has been very hit and miss, two deflating performances against Dagenham and Dover and some great performances against Stockport and Fylde. I’m hoping we can find some sort of consistency to start climbing the table again.
What’s been the highlights of your season so far?
My highlight of the season so far is Joe Leesley’s goal at home to Solihull during the first game of the season. The crowd erupted as he put it in the top bin from around 30 yards out to take the lead 2-1.
Who is your key players and why?
Town’s key players this season for me personally would have to be Brendan Kiernan, because he is fast, direct and started the season well. Alongside him Ryan Fallowfield on the overlap from right back is very dangerous going forward and they seem to have created a great partnership. Secondly Josh Falkingham is possibly our best player, fantastic passer of the ball and breaks up play well in the centre of midfield.
Who is the man in charge and what kind of tactics does he like using?
Simon Weaver is our manager and has been at the club for a long time, in the past few seasons he has had us playing football on the floor at a high intensity and scoring plenty of goals. In the last two seasons we have been top scorers in our division.
What’s Harrogate’s travelling support like and will many make the trip to Plainmoor?
Harrogate’s away support has seen a rise in numbers over the past six seasons due to away coaches being organised by Jordan Ford voluntarily, it has gone from around 5 people to 2/300 for closer matches. I expect around 30 to 40 away fans for Saturday with the distance and mixed results.
Who owns the club and what are their plans for the future (if any)?
Irving Weaver owns the club and has done a fantastic job taking over at a time when we might have had to drop two divisions due to finances. He has invested in the ground and it is nearly unrecognisable from when he took over. The club’s plans going forward are to make the club sustainable, although I believe the price increases this season have taken us backwards in this regard.
And finally, give us a match prediction?
I will say 2-2 as my match prediction.
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