htafc.com previews Saturday’s First Team friendly
- A preview of Town's first game of 2015/16
- Learn more about the Lions' recent history and past meetings
- Ticket information and directions to Nethermoor
Huddersfield Town’s pre-season friendlies, sponsored by Envy Fireplaces, get under way on Saturday when Chris Powell’s First Team visits the home of newly promoted National League club Guiseley for a 3pm start.
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The Club have been a regular force in the National League North since its promotion from the Evo-Stik Premier Division in 2010 and has finally been rewarded with promotion to the non-league’s top flight in May 2015
After a run of three successive campaigns finishing in the Play-Off spots, with all ending in heart-breaking defeats, the Lions well and truly bounced back with a sensational turnaround victory against Chorley in this season’s final.
Mark Bower, the Guiseley boss and former Bradford City centre back, credited his side for an amazing chain of events which saw the team take their place in the National League alongside the likes of Grimsby Town, Gateshead, Tranmere Rovers and Wrexham.
The Play-Off campaign began with a semi-final tie against AFC Fylde, who had led the way in the league for long periods of the term, only to be pipped by Barrow. After overcoming the stern test 3-1 on aggregate, only Chorley were in the way of The Lions and the dream of promotion.
All hope and expectations looked to have been dashed when they were 2-0 down at the break in that conclusive battle for promotion against the Lancastrians, which was away from home. But, after second period goals from one-time Town loanee striker Liam Dickinson (pictured below), Nicky Boshell and Adam Boyes, the Lions roared their way to promotion by completing one of the greatest Play-Off Final comebacks seen in Conference history.
As a result, 2015/16 will see them compete in their first ever season at the non-league’s most prestigious level.
Following Guiseley’s superb achievement, Chairman Phil Rogerson took the decision to expand and improve the ground, Nethermoor, which currently holds 3,000, and the facilities in preparation for the upcoming National League season.
Bower has a varied range of youth and experience available to him for the fast approaching campaign. Ex-Leeds United and Bradford City left back Ben Parker is among the ranks, as well as recent recruit Adam Lockwood.
Other names available to Bower include former Leeds trainee Will Hatfield, also an ex-Halifax player, as well as forward Oli Johnson, who was part of the Norwich City team promoted to the Premier League in 2011.
Most Town supporters will recognise Liam Dickinson, who scored six goals in 13 appearances whilst on loan at the club back in 2008.
Former Town Captain Andy Holdsworth was also a member of the promotion winning side of 2014/15, but has subsequently hung up his boots to concentrate on a new coaching role in Barnsley’s Academy.
The match won’t be the first time the Terriers have visited west Leeds; this fixture has taken place over the past three seasons.
With one win a piece along with a draw, the Whites usually provide Town’s sides with a tricky pre-season run out to get the wheels in motion for the season.
In 2012/13, ex-Bradford man Danny Forrest secured a 1-0 for the home side whereas a year later, the game ended 2-2 with young duo Matt Crooks and Jordan Sinnott on the score sheet for Town.
In the summer at the start of the 2014/15 season, ‘The Yorkshire Club’ secured a 4-1 victory with goals from Duane Holmes, Harry Bunn, Jake Charles (pictured above) and the since departed Oliver Norwood.
HOW TO GET THERE
When visiting the ground by rail, Guiseley Railway Station is approximately a 10 minute walk from the location. The station is accessible from Bradford Forster Square railway station, Leeds railway station and Ilkley railway station.
For those travelling by road, the ground’s address is Nethermoor Park, Otley Rd, Leeds LS20 8BT.
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