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Harrogate Town and FC Halifax Town go head to head on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup, but it won’t be the first time the Shaymen have faced their North Yorkshire rivals.
The first meeting between the sides was way back in 2010, again in the FA Cup. Goals from Tom Baker, Jamie Vardy, Nathan Taylor and Danny Holland all scored in a 4-0 rout for Halifax.
Almost a year later, the first league meeting took place between the sides, a 0-0 draw at Wetherby Road. The return fixture in the National League North finished 3-1 to the home side. Chibs Chilaka put Harrogate one up half way through the first half, but two quick fire goals from Danny Holland and Aron Wint saw Halifax go into the break 2-1 up. James Dean sealed the victory with 15 minutes to go.
The following season, the tie at the Shay was decided within the first 15 minutes of the game. Matt Bloomer and Paul Bolland put Harrogate 2-0 up within the first ten minutes, but just three minutes later, Danny Holland pulled one back, but it wasn’t enough as Gate won 2-1.
Goals from James Bolton and Adam Bolder saw the two sides draw one apiece at Wetherby Road in the return fixture.
This will be the second time this season alone that we face Harrogate Town. Jack Emmett’s sole goal was enough for the away side to win at the Shay in August.
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