We look in-depth at some of the aspects of the new batch of fixtures for 2018/19…
By Matty Paddock - 04/07/2018
Posted 2 weeks ago
The fixtures for the new 2018/19 season have been released, detailing the who, where and when of the next nine months or so for Harriers.
Neil MacFarlane is busy preparing his charges for the new National League North campaign – and we’ve been taking a closer look at some of what they’ve been up to.
Here we’ve earmarked a quick 5 Things to consider about the new fixture list:
IT’S ALFRETON EARLY- AGAIN
Harriers begin the season at the Impact Arena, and it isn’t the first time they’ve come up against the men from the Impact Arena early. Close to 50% of the league meetings between the two teams have taken place in the first two months of the season. This includes last term, when goals from Joe Ironside and Elton Ngwatala fired Harriers to a 2-1 Aggborough win on August 28th.
CHRISTMAS GOT BUSIER…
One notable change to the fixture list for the new National League North campaign is the addition of a game between Christmas and New Year. While easing congestion elsewhere, it will serve to further liven up an already packed festive calendar. Harriers meet Curzon Ashton on December 22nd before facing Hereford (Boxing Day) and Stockport County (29th). Meetings with the Bulls and Darlington then all follow before.
A NEW YEAR CRACKER
Hereford will come to Aggborough on 1 January 2019 for the return fixture of the Boxing Day clash at Edgar Street days prior. It will be the first league meeting between the two sides since a New Year(ish) Edgar Street clash with old Hereford United back in 2014. Josh Gowling’s header helped Harriers to a point, with that season’s previous meeting on Boxing Day being a 2-1 win for the reds with goals from Michael Gash and Dany Jackman.
ANOTHER HOME FINALE
For the third season in succession, Harriers will finish a season on home soil. For the last two years, Bradford Park Avenue have been our guests as we round out the campaign, and 2018/19 will climax with Guiseley making their way to Worcestershire. We’ve met just twice before in league action – a pair of 1-0 defeats in the 2015/16 term.
THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT….
Mark the date of Saturday, 23rd February 2019 – Harriers will make the longest trip of their 2018/19 league campaign when they journey some 240 miles to Blyth Spartans. That trek of four and a half hours is a far cry from the other extreme, our trip to Edgar Street on Boxing Day; comparative walking distance at a mere 37 miles and a little over an hour.
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