Conference North: Harrogate Town boss urges ‘don’t write us off’

NADV 1408234AM6 Harrogate Town V Barrow. 1408234AM6
NADV 1408234AM6 Harrogate Town V Barrow. 1408234AM6

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver has warned Vanarama North rivals not to write his side off despite his men falling into the relegation zone over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Barrow followed by a 1-0 defeat to North Ferriby United on Monday left Town 23rd in the table, with only league newcomers Hyde United propping them up.

Town have gone five matches without a win at the start of the campaign.

But Weaver insisted the tide would turn soon, and reminded supporters that injuries have caused havoc in his squad throughout the opening games.

Weaver has been without Jake Speight, Adam Nowakowski and Ashley Worsfold in the first five games, while Leigh Franks only made his return as a substitute on Monday.

He said: “It was always going to be tough. We said that at the start.

“We have prepared in a certain way and then the injuries hit. Four in the same department have changed the way we have played so it’s all change.

“Hopefully we are getting it out of the way at the start of the season, while last season it was at the end.

“But you get judged on the fit squad that you have. People soon forget what you have on the sidelines.

“If people want to write us off, they are adding to our motivation. We will relish it.”

The injury woes were added to against North Ferriby when right back Lewis Turner was injured in the opening five minutes.

The former Leeds United defender could require an x-ray to determine the extent of his foot injury.

New signing James Walshaw made one and scored another in the draw against Barrow, and Weaver acknowledged the forward as an example of how well his summer signings can perform.

Weaver added to his ranks on Friday by bringing in former Port Vale player of the year Anthony Griffith and loaning Hull City youngster Jonathan Margetts.

“We are really getting behind all the signings. We will stick to our belief,” added Weaver.

“If you change it all, the team players get in a swirl. It takes time for players to gel, even in the Premier League.

“We have to stay rational and give them time to gel as a unit.”

Weaver switched to three central defenders during the draw at Barrow, and he felt Matt Bloomer’s introduction at centre back has shored up the backline.

And the gaffer said the new formation is likely to stay for Oxford City’s visit this Saturday (3pm).

“We have been excellent in that formation for the last couple of games,” Weaver added.

“We have a squad for a reason, so we can be flexible with the tactics.

“Matt has been brilliant because he has added pace and organisation to it. There’s a strong possibility that we could stay with that system. We have round pegs in round holes, which is great.”