Portsmouth are determined to return to the Championship this season, after an absence from the top two tiers approaching a decade and a number of near misses in recent years.
Things started well with three wins in their first three games of the campaign, but a run of just one win and six defeats in 11 games through September and October saw them plummet down the standings.
Halloween marked the start of a turnaround for Danny Cowley’s side, though, and they have now won five of their last six to move back up to ninth in League One, just two points off the playoff spots.
During that run, they also produced a narrow 1-0 win against Harrow Borough in the first round of the FA Cup, thanks to a Marcus Harness goal.
Cowley likely would have expected a more convincing scoreline against a side in the Southern League Premier Division South, but it got Pompey to the second round, where they must now get past a team with a similar name but a far stronger reputation.
Promoted from the National League via the 2019-20 playoffs, Harrogate’s first season as a Football League team ended with them finishing comfortably clear of the relegation spots in 17th spot.
They have built on that taster of life in League Two and pushed on this campaign, now sitting just inside the playoff spots in seventh.
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The Sulphurites held high-flying Swindon Town to a draw away from home at the weekend, but will have been a little disappointed to concede in the 83rd minute after holding the lead for an hour courtesy of a Jack Diamond goal.
They also dealt well with a tricky fixture in the FA Cup first round against National League side Wrexham, turning the match around with two goals in five second-half minutes to win 2-1.
Much of the club’s success in recent years has been down to long-time manager Simon Weaver, who was appointed in May 2009 and has taken charge of over 550 Harrogate games, making him the longest-serving manager in the Football League