Town boss praises fan-tastic supporters

Harrogate Town's players celebrate Andy Gascoigne's goal during Tuesday's FA Cup win over FCUM. Picture: Andy Sainter
Harrogate Town's players celebrate Andy Gascoigne's goal during Tuesday's FA Cup win over FCUM. Picture: Andy Sainter
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Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver has paid tribute to the “fantastic” atmosphere created by the club’s supporters during Tuesday evening’s FA Cup triumph over FC United of Manchester.

Town won their third qualifying round replay 2-0 at the CNG Stadium, setting up a meeting with National League North rivals FC Halifax Town in the next stage of the competition.

And boss Weaver felt that the Town fans played a big part in his side’s success.

“It was a really great night inside the stadium, the atmosphere was fanstatic and as good as I’ve ever known it here,” he said.

“There’s nothing quite like the FA Cup, and when you see the effect it has on the fans it gives you extra incentive to want to keep on progressing.

“The supporters were brilliant with their singing and chanting and it makes a big difference to the players.

“Joe Leesley said to me after the match that you can’t help but want to do well for these fans, such is the backing they give us.”

Town were set on their way to victory by Andy Gascoigne’s stunning eighth-minute opener, Joe Leesley rounding things off with a fine finish of his own 15 minutes from time.

The hosts dominated the first half of the game and were also the better team after the break, leaving Weaver delighted by their performance.

“Every single one of the players was really up for it and they performed at full-tilt for the whole 90 minutes,” he added.

“After a really good first half we said to the lads at half-time that they can’t afford to drop off. We’ve come out after the break and been very professional and looked in control.

“We needed the cushion of a second goal, but I was never too worried, even at 1-0.”

FC Halifax Town await in the next round and Weaver is already looking forward to the clash.

“It’s a really exciting game in prospect,” he continued.

“They’re doing well this season and we are flying in our division. It’s going to be two good sides going at it.

“We know it will be tough, but the magic of the cup seems to have taken hold. Anything can happen.”