Match Preview: Harrogate Railway vs Whickham

Harrogate Railway vs Whickham

Competition: Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Venue: Station View, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 7JA

Live Updates: @WhickhamFC

Whickham will be looking to put the midweek defeat to North Shields behind them as they turn their attention to the Emirates FA Cup this weekend.

The Lang Jacks are on the road and will travel to Station View to take on Northern Counties East League Division One outfit, Harrogate Railway.

During the week, Whickham were edged out by the Robins, whose only goal came from a very dubious penalty, where Dale Burrell clearly made a fair challenge – winning the ball – but was penalised.

Whickham and Harrogate have never faced in the FA Cup before, while the Lang Jacks have been knocked out at the Extra Preliminary Round in seven of their last nine campaigns.

Robin Falcus’ side will be hoping to go one better than they have done the past two times as they lost 1-0 to Garforth Town in the 2015-16 season and 3-2 against Selby Town last season.

The Opposition

Harrogate have reached the Second Round Proper on two separate occasions, in the 2002-03 season and also the 2007-08 campaign.

In the First Round in 02-03, the Rail beat Selby Town 2-1, but lost 3-1 at home to Bristol City. Meanwhile, in the 07-08 season, they beat Droylsden 2-0 and were edged out 3-2 at home to Mansfield Town in the Second Round – in front of 1,486 supporters.

The Rail have just played one game in the NCEL Division One so far as they conceded a late equaliser at home to Campion.

Form Guide

Harrogate Railway: D L W D L

Last Match: Drew 1-1 vs Campion (H)

Whickham: L W W D D

Last Match: Lost 1-0 vs North Shields (A)

Pre-Match Interview

Assistant Manager Andrew Bulford said: “It’s a break from the Northern League, but also a good chance to get the club some money.

“The lads have had their telling off and we’ll see who responds to it the right way on Saturday.

“Will there be a couple of changes? There probably will be. We’ll probably be forced to make some as well, but that’s football and let’s hope that we respond well.”


Kick-off at Station View is at 3:00pm and admission is £6 for Adults, £4 for Concessions and £1 for Under-16s.