Football

Gainsborough Trinity v Harrogate Town FC G120828-1c
Gainsborough Trinity v Harrogate Town FC G120828-1c

Harrogate Town are up to sixth in the Blue Square North thanks to Saturday’s 3-1 win at Histon, and now boss Simon Weaver is hunting more starting with tomorrow’s hosting of Oxford City (3pm).

The visitors are riding the crest of a wave after promotion from Blue Square South, but Weaver wants his team to translate their sparkling away form into points at home.

“Oxford will still be on a wave after winning promotion a bit like Bradford Park Avenue, so we have to start strongly and perform like we have away from home,” said Weaver.

“I want a full 90 minutes on the front foot, as they will be confident and it will be a battle. We need to do ourselves justice.”

Town then journey to derby foes Guiseley AFC on Tuesday for another battle royal (7.45pm).

“That will be a humdinger,” said Weaver.

“Again, we need to do ourselves justice on Saturday so we effectively have nothing to lose on Tuesday.

They’ll be favourites and have been building momentum with the same side over the last few seasons but we know what we’re up against and we’ll have a lot more for them this season so we just need to go out and enjoy ourselves.”

Striker Paul Beesley is expected to miss this weekend due to a knee injury.

On Saturday, Town went a goal behind at Histon as Jay Dowrie’s long-range effort sneaked past ‘keeper Jose Veiga.

But Chib Chilaka slammed in Dwayne Samuels’ throw-in, and after a Histon own-goal Town were back on top.

Luke Dean then fired in a penalty late on after he was fouled by Histon ‘keeper Joe Mellings, who was sent off for his troubles.

“We got off to a sloppy start and we’ve got to learn to stop that,” said Weaver.

“But the experienced heads in the team turned it round and we could actually have had more than three goals.”

Meantime, Town have been drawn away to Northern League outfit West Auckland Town in the FA Cup second qualifying round on September 22.

“They’ll want to put on a show and secure the revenue from the cup but so do we,” said Weaver, who watched them this week.

“Like Spennymoor in pre-season they’ll be tough. They have some good players but we’ll do our best.”

In otherb news Town have appointed Yorkshireman Ged Maloney as associate director to develop the club’s commercial side and local business links.

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