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Match Preview: Harrogate Town v Pompey

Everything you need to know about Emirates FA Cup clash

11 November 2019

Harrogate Town v Pompey

Pompey’s latest Emirates FA Cup adventure begins with a trip to Harrogate Town in front of the BT Sport cameras this evening.

Kenny Jackett’s side will be looking to at least match their run in last season’s competition, when they made it through to the fourth round.

They began with an away game at National League opposition back then, easing to a 4-0 victory over Maidenhead.

Last-gasp wins on the road at Rochdale and – most memorably – Norwich followed before the Blues finally bowed out to QPR in a Loftus Road replay.

They have already enjoyed a run to the third round of the Carabao Cup this term and made it through to the knockout stages of the Trophy.

But after the league, it is this famous old competition that will be treated with most importance by a side who enjoyed Wembley triumphs in both 1939 and 2008.

Town are competing in the first round proper for just the fourth time and have never faced a team from the third tier or higher.

They currently sit seventh in the National League standings, with boss Simon Weaver named the division’s Manager of the Month for October.

Craig MacGillivray
Fixture News

Kenny's Injury Update: Harrogate Town (A)

8 November 2019

Craig MacGillivray is a doubt to face his former club after a thigh injury kept him out of Tuesday’s league win over Southend.

On-loan Scotland under-21 skipper Ross McCrorie hurt his hamstring against the Shrimpers and is set to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

The trio of Oli Hawkins (foot), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all still missing for the Blues.

Former Premier League striker Jon Stead is suspended for the hosts, who are also likely to be without Connor Hall (groin).

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Ellis Harrison or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below video.

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This will be the first competitive meeting between the two clubs.

Pompey have sold out their full allocation of tickets and no more will be made available.

Visiting supporters can enter via the south turnstiles from 5.30pm, but will not be permitted entry to the home side’s 1919 Bar.

The Harrogate Arms (HG1 2QU) is located in the town centre and offer 20 per cent off all food and drink for any supporter with a match ticket.

If you are travelling to the game, click here for more information from the home club.

Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Assistants: Barry Gordon and Kevin Mulraine
Fourth Official: Ben Toner

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm tonight.

Overseas subscribers should note that there is no live iFollow video coverage of FA Cup games, although audio commentary will be available.

The match will be screened live on BT Sport 1 in the UK. Supporters based overseas should check local listings to see if the game is being televised in their region.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Tuesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 1/2 favourites with Sky Bet to secure the win, while the hosts can be backed at 5/1.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

The second round draw will take place from approximately 7pm this evening and be screened live on BBC Two.

Click here for a list of the draw numbers.


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Match Reports

Harrogate Town 1 Pompey 2

Haunstrup and Curtis score to secure FA Cup progress

11 November 2019

Ronan Curtis celebrates scoring for Pompey at Harrogate
Photo: Daniel Chesterton

Pompey finally saw the light at Harrogate Town to book their place in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The tie was delayed for 55 minutes because of a power failure at the non-league side’s Wetherby Road home.

And they shocked their higher-ranked opponents by racing into an early lead, courtesy of Mark Beck’s header.

But Brandon Haunstrup impressive drew the Blues level and Ronan Curtis hit an even better winner before the break.

It was the visitors’ first victory on an artificial pitch and the result secured a home clash with Altrincham in the next stage of the competition.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that comfortably beat Southend in the league six days earlier.

Craig MacGillivray recovered from a thigh problem to replace Alex Bass between the sticks, while the injured Ellis Harrison and Ross McCrorie made way for Haunstrup and Gareth Evans.

The teams finally emerged following two delays – the second, thankfully, a lot briefer than the first – and observed a minute’s silence to mark Armistice Day.

But Pompey might have been wishing that the game had been called off after falling behind with just seven minutes on the clock.

The hosts had already enjoyed a couple of forays forward before taking the lead following a free-kick from deep on the left.

George Smith’s delivery was not dealt with and Jack Muldoon headed the ball across the face of goal for Beck to nod home.

The Blues did look dangerous at the other end, although seemed to struggle with the strong wind and artificial surface.

John Marquis was not quite able to collect Haunstrup's threaded pass, while Ryan Williams’ cross was cleared before it could reach Evans.

But a leveller did arrive on 17 minutes and it was a fine strike from HAUNSTRUP to open his Pompey account on his 50th appearance for the club.

The left-footed right-back raced in from the flank and collected a pass from Williams before curling a shot past James Belshaw from the edge of the box.

Josh Falkingham tried to hit back immediately, but the Town skipper’s strike hit team-mate Beck on its path to goal.

The 3G surface had been much talked about before the tie and more questions were posed when three players went off injured before the break.

Two of them belonged to the visitors, with skipper Tom Naylor and later Sean Raggett limping from the field and replaced by Anton Walkes and Paul Downing respectively.

There were chances at both ends in between those changes, with Muldoon crashing a shot into the side netting.

A fierce low effort from Ben Close was then smartly saved by Belshaw, who had to get down quickly to beat the ball away.

Harrogate caused problems with a corner on 36 minutes, but MacGillivray – appearing against his former club – was able to punch clear.

And the Blues then took the lead before the break – and it was a goal that was certainly worth waiting for.

Williams laid the ball off for CURTIS, who hit a rocket from 30 yards that dipped beautifully into the net.

Half Time: Harrogate Town 1 Pompey 2

Curtis put in a shift at the opposite end of the pitch once the action restarted, getting back into his own box to halt a dangerous Harrogate attack.

Williams came close to scoring his first Pompey goal soon after, with an audacious attempt from wide on the right that Belshaw managed to palm away.

The loose ball eventually fell to Walkes, whose own effort was not quite so impressive, with the ball flying out of the ground.

It was generally a much calmer occasion, however, with little of the frantic action seen before the interval.

But the Blues almost extended their lead just past the hour mark, as Belshaw twice denied Marquis from point-blank range after the striker had been picked out at the back post by Evans.

George Thomson, just moments after coming off the bench, then hit a fierce shot inches past the post for Harrogate.

He subsequently sent a corner into the Blues box, where Beck’s downward header was comfortably held by MacGillivray.

And the same duo combined again from a set-piece soon after, with Beck this time depositing the ball onto the roof of the net.

Lee Brown went close with a cross-shot that could neither find the bottom corner or Williams at the far post.

But Harrogate were still applying plenty of pressure and MacGillivray was called into action to deal with Alex Bradley’s effort.

They saw plenty of the ball in the closing stages, but the Blues were able to see things out to secure progress.

Harrogate Town (4-4-2): Belshaw; Fallowfield, W.Smith, Hall, G.Smith; Kiernan (Bradley 70), Falkingham (c), Burrell (Emmett 32), Diamond (Thomson 63); Muldoon, Beck
Goals: Beck 7
Subs not used: Cracknell, Taylor, Brown, Jones

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Haunstrup, Burgess, Raggett (Downing 31), Brown; Naylor (c) (Walkes 24), Close; Williams, Evans, Curtis; Marquis
Goals: Haunstrup 17, Curtis 41
Subs not used: Bass, Bolton, Cannon, Harness, Pitman

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Attendance: 3,408 (616 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Harrogate Town (A): Ticket Information

Support Blues in the Emirates FA Cup

24 October 2019

Tickets for Pompey’s Emirates FA Cup match at Harrogate Town go on sale next week.

Blues fans have been allocated 616 tickets for the first round tie. The majority of these are terrace places in the Envirovent Stand, with just 130 seats available.

The Wetherby Road contest takes place on Monday, November 11 (7.45pm kick-off) and will be screened live on BT Sport.

Due to the small allocation of tickets for this fixture, the loyalty points scheme will be used.

Date Who can buy tickets
Wed, Oct 30 (9am) Season ticket holders (12+ points)
Wed, Oct 30 (1pm)* Season ticket holders (8+ points)
Thu, Oct 31 (9am)* Season ticket holders (4+ points)
Thu, Oct 31 (1pm)* All season ticket holders
Fri, Nov 1 (9am)* Members
Mon, Nov 4 (9am)* General sale

*Subject to availability

The quickest and easiest way to secure your seat is by visiting our eticketing site.

But supporters can also call 0345 646 1898 (option one) or make a visit to the Anson Road ticket office.

Category Seat Terrace
Adult £17 £15
Senior (65+) £12 £10
Student (ID required) £12 £10
Junior (U18) £7 £5
Child (U5) Free Free

Wheelchair/ambulant tickets are priced at the £12/£10 rate and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

One ticket can be bought per eligible Client ID Number.

There is a £1 charge for tickets bought online/over the phone. There is an additional £1 charge for tickets that are posted out.

Supporters buying concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

Official coach travel can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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