Ground-switch forces Leeds United friendly with Harrogate Town behind closed doors

Harrogate Town's 3G playing surface.
Harrogate Town's 3G playing surface.
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LEEDS United’s first pre-season friendly against Harrogate Town will take place behind closed doors at Thorp Arch following discussions with United’s medical team regarding Town’s 3G pitch.

Leeds were due to begin their pre-season friendlies with the trip to Harrogate on Wednesday, July 5 but the club revealed on Monday lunch-time that there had been a change of plan.

Leeds United striker Chris Wood at the club's Thorp Arch training ground and venue for the forthcoming friendly with Harrogate Town.

Leeds United striker Chris Wood at the club's Thorp Arch training ground and venue for the forthcoming friendly with Harrogate Town.

A Leeds club statement read: “Following discussions with our medical team regarding the 3G pitch at the CNG Stadium, a decision has been made to move our friendly game with Harrogate Town to Thorp Arch.

“Unfortunately this means that the tie, originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 5, will be played behind closed doors.

“We apologise to supporters of both clubs for any inconvenience that this may cause.

“Information on how supporters can get tickets for the rest of our pre-season games will be released in the coming days.“

The decision means that United’s first open pre-season friendly will be away at Guiseley on Saturday, July 8.

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