Simon Weaver scratching head over Harrogate Town forward options

Rotherham United loan signing Jerry Yates scored twice against Corby Town
Rotherham United loan signing Jerry Yates scored twice against Corby Town
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Harrogate Town  boss Simon Weaver admits he has decisions to make over which front two will line up to face Curzon Ashton at the CNG Stadium on Saturday, with his side hitting the high notes in attacking areas.

Town produced a blistering performance to win 3-0 at Corby Town on Saturday before an equally impressive attacking display was only pegged back by calamitous defending in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with promotion favourites AFC Fylde.

Dominic Knowles has been a mainstay up front for Harrogate Town

Dominic Knowles has been a mainstay up front for Harrogate Town

Eighteen-year-old Jerry Yates bagged two goals against Corby but the sharp shooter was unavailable to face Fylde due to complications over his loan extension from Rotherham United.

In his place, Jordan Thewlis rose to the occasion and headed home the opener after eight minutes.

With Dominic Knowles a mainstay in Weaver’s plans, and Paul Clayton also back fit following an injury, the boss was left pondering his options.

“I have a really big headache with what to do up front, because they are all full of running,” admitted Weaver.

Jordan Thewlis scored on his return to the starting line-up on Tuesday night

Jordan Thewlis scored on his return to the starting line-up on Tuesday night

“It was frustrating that I couldn’t play Jerry as he had just come to life but it opened the door for Jordan to and perform like the way he did.

“Knowlesy hasn’t got as many as he probably should, but what a player he is. He has been so unselfish and is creating opportunities for everyone around him.

“It’s horses for courses, I can’t fault the way players have come in and made their impression.”

Town bamboozled Fylde throughout the first half on Tuesday, and had several opportunities to head into the break by more than Thewlis’ solitary goal. But the loss of defensive rock Danny Ellis to injury moments came just a minute before a defensive clanger by goalkeeper Peter Crook allowed the visitors back into the match.

Brendon Daniels reasserted the lead with an expert free-kick, but Fylde forward Danny Rowe caught Crook napping for a second time late on to share the points – with Town a man light following a hamstring injury to Louie Swain.

The rollercoaster ride took the tally of goals seen at the CNG Stadium to 35 in 11 games with Town firmly remaining in title contention.

Weaver added: “The fact everyone is working as a team, it’s creating flowing football and it’s exciting.

“When I was finishing at school, teams like Newcastle United and Manchester United were playing 4-4-2 and it was entertaining to watch. It’s hard to keep that tempo when you’re only a semi-professional team but the lads are giving it a good go.

“It’s great to confidence oozing out of the players, and hopefully that will see more fans come to watch.”

Swain and Ellis are likely to miss Saturday’s FA Trophy third qualifying round tie with Andy McWilliams and either Matt Bloomer or Dave McGurk poised for a recall.

Weaver was keen for his side to build up momentum in the competition, despite priorities lying firmly with their league bid.

The boss added: “It’s £5,000 into the club kitty if we win the game so it’s an important cup for the club but the league is my priority, and the club’s.”