Harrogate Town defender Lewis Page believes the club’s impressive away form and playing in an empty stadium could give them the edge over Newport County this weekend.

Town travel to Wales to take on The Exiles on Saturday (15th January) – and without fans in the ground due to the covid rules in Wales.

But Lewis believes Town will be confident going into the game, and would have been even if fans were able to attend.

He said:

“They’ve got decent support but we’ve been good away so I’m not sure even having the home fans [in the stadium] would make too much of a difference!

“We had a good travelling support last weekend ourselves so we know the difference the fans can make – hopefully we can take advantage of that.”

Having made the move to Harrogate Town in the summer, Lewis has made 16 appearances so far this season, including 90 minutes in the last five consecutive matches.

He told Your Harrogate that the rest of the squad have made it easier for him to settle in:

“I’ve only been at the club for six months but I’ve settled in well.

“A lot of the lads have been for quite a long time so I’ve had to fit into the group but I feel like I’ve done that.”

Town travel to Wales to take on Newport County this weekend, and Lewis will be playing without defensive colleague Connor Hall who recently completed his transfer to Port Vale.

He admitted the transfer was surprising and will be a big loss for the team:

“It surprised me a little bit, but it all happened quite quickly. I spoke to Connor just a few days before and he didn’t know too much about it, but it was the last couple of days before [the transfer] that we started to find out what was going on.

“I was pretty close to Connor, he was one of the only other southern lads in the changing room!”

Lewis played with the incoming Leon Legge, mooted as Connor Hall’s replacement, during his time at Cambridge United.

He said fans can expect to see a strong presence in defence:

“He’ll dominate in the air, he’s a strong lad who can move as well, he’ll bring that dominance and height to the spine of the team.

“He’s a leader and a very experienced player who has played at this level for a long time. Big signing, let’s see what he’s got.”

Listen to the full chat when Your Harrogate’s Pete Egerton caught up with Lewis Page:

Harrogate Town take on Newport County in League Two on Saturday 15th January.

Kick off is at 12:30pm and available to stream online via the Harrogate Town website.

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