Harrogate Town ‘can’t become complacent’ after Hyde FC win

Harrogate Town's James Walshaw hobbled off on Saturday
Harrogate Town's James Walshaw hobbled off on Saturday

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver is hoping his team don’t become complacent following their confidence-boosting 4-1 win over Hyde at the CNG Stadium on Saturday.

Town comfortably defeated bottom-placed Hyde with goals from James Walshaw, Dave McGurk, Dominic Rowe and Louis Swain moving them up to 12th place in the Vanarama North table.

Reflecting on the game, Weaver said: “It’s a good three points that saw us score some excellent goals. We can play better but we always looked dangerous going forward.”

There was one post-match concern for the team though as top goalscorer Walshaw limped off injured before half-time.

“He turned his ankle in the warm-up and it got progressively worse during the game. Therefore, we took him off as we want him back fit for next week to face Worcester City,” explained Weaver.

The Town boss was also pleased about new signing Luke Shiels’ debut performance in the heart of the defence alongside captain McGurk.

He said: “Luke made a very solid debut and showed his aggression and athleticism throughout the game. He also organised others around him well so I’m delighted with his start.”

Looking ahead to the busy schedule over the next six weeks, Weaver seemed intent on not allowing complacency to manifest itself in the dressing room.

He said: “We are confident but not getting ahead of ourselves. We cannot afford to be complacent and we need to be focused on kicking on now.

“This result was needed but we have to be able to do it consistently if we are to keep progressing up the table.”