Harrogate Town 2021/22 – key stats from the Sulfurites season

On loan Sunderland winger Jack Diamond celebrates one of the 14 goals he scored for Harrogate Town in the 2021/22 season. Photos: Matt Kirkham

19 – the position Simon Weaver’s men finished in the League 2 table at 24 teams after 46 games. They are four points and two places worse off than last season, when they finished 17th.

53 – is the number of points accumulated over 46 games. Last season, Town put 57 on the board.

30.43 – that’s their winning percentage after winning 14 of their 46 league matches. For context, champions Forest Green and the three teams that finished the regular season directly below them – Exeter, Bristol Rovers and Northampton – have the best winning percentage (50%), while bottom of the table Scunthorpe United (8.7%) finished with the worst.

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Harrogate Town ended the 2021/22 season with the second-worst defensive record in League Two.

8 – of Harrogate’s 14 League Two wins have come from home, where they have amassed a combined 28 points. Eleven teams have done better on the road than the Sulfurites.

25 – of Town’s 53 points came at the EnviroVent Stadium. Only three teams – Barrow, Oldham and Scunthorpe – have a worse home record.

12 – of those 25 points have come in the first six home matches of the campaign. Just 13 extra points have been won out of a possible 51 in the 17 home matches that followed.

22 – is the number of points Weaver’s team has lost in gaining positions this season. They led against Hartlepool home and away, Exeter (a) and Colchester (h) before losing all of those games. On five occasions they scored first to take the lead but ended up drawing.

No one has made more Harrogate Town appearances in 2021/22 than George Thomson.

12 – points were earned by losing positions. The Sulfurites trailed Barrow (h), Mansfield (a) and Bradford (a) before recovering to win, while coming back to draw against Newport (h), Tranmere (h) and Walsall (h) ).

20 – times Town have scored first this season. On 11 of those occasions they won, on four occasions they ended up losing.

23 – times they conceded first. They found themselves on the losing side in 17 of those games, coming from behind to win on three occasions.

64 – is the total number of goals scored by Town in their 46 Ligue 2 appearances this season. Only eight teams have scored more.

32 – of those goals were scored at home, 32 away. Only three teams – Forest Green, Bristol Rovers and Swindon – have been more prolific on the road.

38 – of Harrogate’s League Two goals have been scored from open play (59%). 12 arrived from set pieces (18.75%). They converted five penalties and benefited from two own goals.

7 – Town goals were scored on the counterattack. No one in the division has scored more directly from a turnover in possession.

6 – is the most goals Weaver’s men have scored in a single game, in their 6-1 rout of Scunthorpe on October 9.

16 times Town have drawn and failed to score a single goal in a League Two game.

14 – is the number of goals scored by Town’s co-top scorers Luke Armstrong and Jack Diamond. Jack Muldoon pocketed 13.

9- the number of assists provided by Harrogate’s most creative player, George Thomson. Muldoon registered seven, as did Diamond, while Alex Pattison and Armstrong both registered six. Left-back Lewis Page had five assists.

21 – is Jack Diamond’s total number of goal kicks. He was responsible for 14 goals and 7 assists. Muldoon and Armstrong both finished 2021/22 with 20 goals.

75 – is the total number of goals conceded by Harrogate in its 46 League 2 matches this season. Only one team, Scunthorpe (90), has dispatched more, meaning the Sulfurites have the second-worst defensive record in the division, alongside Oldham. Like Scunthorpe, the Latics were also relegated to the National League.

8 – is the number of clean sheets kept by goalkeeper Mark Oxley this season. He has made 41 Ligue 2 appearances.

1 – the number of clean sheets kept by Joe Cracknell during his six outings at the end of the season.

9 – the number of clean sheets kept by Town in 46 League games. Lowest Scunthorpe was the only team with fewer shutouts (6). Even relegated Oldham managed 12.

54 – the number of appearances made by Thomson, who has been deployed as a right-winger, central midfielder and right-back. Warren Burrell has played 53 games, while Muldoon and Armstrong have both played 50.

62 – Harrogate players were shown yellow cards in League Two games. Only four teams had a better disciplinary record in terms of bookings.

2 – Town players have been shown red cards in League Two games. Only one side, Rochdale (0) have suffered fewer dismissals.

12.2 – is Harrogate’s average number of shots taken per game. Nine teams let loose more often. Swindon averaged 14.4, while Scunthorpe mustered just 9.4 per game.*

4.4 – shots on target per game make the Sulfurites the seventh most accurate team in League Two. Swindon were top of the division again with 5.3*

6.4 – is the average number of dribbles with the ball made by Town players per game. Only three teams – Swindon, Forest Green and Walsall – have surpassed them in this area.*

66.6 – is Harrogate’s pass completion percentage in League Two games. This makes him the 11th most accurate passer of the ball in the division. Swindon were the best in this area with 79.3%, while Sutton United were the worst with 57.9%.*

50.4 – is the possession percentage Weaver’s men have enjoyed in their 46 league outings. Eleven teams saw more ball. Swindon leads with 60%, while Sutton United is bottom with 43.5%.*

32.8 – is the average number of aerial duels won by Town players per game. Only Northampton (35.4) has won more.*

15.7 – is the average number of tackles per game made by Harrogate players. Five teams have done more, with Scunthorpe (17.3) expected to make the most of it.*

26 – different players have been used by Weaver in League Two matches.

36 – the age of the Sulfurites’ oldest player, Leon Legge, to feature in League Two this season.

8 – the number of players released this summer. One player (Rory McArdle) is negotiating a new contract, while three have been placed on the transfer list.

* = according to www.whoscored.com

Karen J. Nelson