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🔎 Ones to Watch: Harrogate Town

Jed Penberthy picks out three of Town's dangermen.

27 August 2021

A tricky encounter against unbeaten Harrogate Town is Exeter City’s next challenge on Saturday afternoon.

The high-flying Sulphurites have been strong across the pitch so far, but Jed Penberthy picks out three of dangermen hoping to continue their early season form against the Grecians.

Jack Muldoon

Muldoon joined Town in June 2018 having proved a success at former clubs AFC Fylde and Lincoln City, winning promotion to the Football League with The Imps and scoring The Coasters Goal of the Season against Macclesfield during 2017/18.

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Muldoon has finished as top scorer in each of his three seasons at the club and holds the honour of scoring our first EFL goal away at Southend and first EFL goal in Harrogate against Barrow.

The 32-year-old was on target for the Town when they pulled off a shock victory at St James Park last season. His 77th minute finish separated the two sides and his physical presence dominated throughout. 

Luke Armstrong

A wonderful start to the season has seen the former Middlesbrough and Salford City striker quickly get off the mark for his new team. Three goals in as many games for Town has helped his side maintain this unbeaten stat to only their second EFL campaign.

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His senior career began in Scotland with Cowdenbeath before making the trip back over the border to seasoned FA-Cup giant killers, Blyth Spartans. Good form in the North East meant a move back to boyhood club Middlesbrough was on the cards. Loan spells at Gateshead and Accrington disrupted his time at the Riverside prior to a permanent move to Salford City.

After a loan spell with Hartlepool United, where he scored in the National League play-off final against Torquay this summer, Luke Armstrong switched allegiances to Wetherby Road and has hit the ground running, helped with a brace on Tuesday night against Leyton Orient.

Alex Pattison

Another Boro youngster, Pattison too is spearheading the Sulphurites to success in the early stages of the season. Three goals for the central midfielder joint-leads Harrogate’s charts.

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Born in Darlington, Pattison came up through the ranks on Teeside but could only muster a couple of EFL Trophy games for the Reds. Eventful loan spells at York and Yeovil earned him a move to Wycombe Wanderers. After helping the Chairboys to Championship promotion, six appearances in the second tier weren’t enough to keep a contract in Buckinghamshire and Pattison moved back to his native northern roots.

Firing on all cylinders again, Pattison is continuing to turn heads, and defenders, of other clubs and if he and Harrogate can continue to perform, another promotion might be on the cards for the 23-year-old.


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