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Harrogate face Gillingham in the Fight for Survival

League 2 enters the latter stages of what has been another entertaining season both in the race for promotion and the battle to survive relegation to the National League. Gillingham suffered a 2-0 defeat to Bradford City on Tuesday night at Priestfield with goals from Richie Smallwood and Andy Cook giving all three points to the Bantams.

The Gills face a huge relegation six pointer this weekend as they face a Harrogate Town side, who have failed too pick up three points since the start of February. Simon Weaver earnt a point on Tuesday night at home to Play Off chasing Northampton Town, with Luke Armstrong hitting instantly back in the 50th minute after Mitchell Pinnock gave the away side a 1-0 lead.

Harrogate are in desperate need to return to winning ways in League 2, with four draws in their last five games rooting them to 21st in the league table. The Yorkshire side are 5 points clear off Crawley Town in 23rd and the relegation zone, with 13 games left between now and the end of the season.

Gillingham have responded well after what was a dismal start to the season, with American Brad Galinson coming in at the start of the year with the club, sitting rock bottom of the Football League.

The property investor has brought belief to manager Neil Harris and the group of players, with the recent defeat to Bradford City ending a three-game winning streak for the Gills.

The huge relegation match on Saturday kicks off from 3pm from the Wetherby Road, with just two points separating the sides in the table.

Oliver Hawkins has scored two goals in his last four games for Gillingham, so he may be one player that Harrogate manager Simon Weaver will be looking to stop this weekend, with the forward scoring five goals so far this season.

Harrogate will know that just one win in this calendar year is not up to the standards of a footballing side who are trying to avoid the prospect of relegation, with a 1-0 win over promotion chasing Carlisle at Brunton Park back at the start of February the only success of 2023.

The Sulphurites will look at their next three games in the league and expect to get back to winning ways in League 2, with an away trip to fellow Yorkshire side Doncaster Rovers fast approaching before facing second from bottom Crawley Town at home.

The home side will expect to see midfielder Levi Sutton miss the match with the Gills this weekend, after picking up an injury in the Yorkshire sides match against Swindon Town last Saturday.

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