Skrill North: Twists and turns to come for Harrogate Town - Macca

hsb   Adam Nowakowski playing for Harrogate Town against Guiseley.  (131226M3c)

hsb Adam Nowakowski playing for Harrogate Town against Guiseley. (131226M3c)

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Harrogate Town have been backed to upset the odds and reclaim a top five spot before the end of the season.

Assistant boss John McDermott says Town must win five of their remaining six matches, and beat Guiseley in that sequence, to be in the Skrill North play-off mix later this month.

The Sulphurites travel down south to Gloucester City in an unfamiliar Sunday afternoon clash this week.

Town have dropped down to eighth after drawing to lowly Gainsborough Trinity 1-1 at home on Saturday (page 93).

But McDermott believes the race for promotion will come right down to the wire.

He said: “The league is not going to get sorted until the last game of the season. There will be a lot of twists and turns to come.

“There will be points dropped along the way as other teams get nervous.

“We have to make sure we don’t look back at the end of the season and think, we didn’t capitalise on it.

“Every team is going to have to win five game to make sure they are in it.

“We have had a few draws, but we have to take confidence that we have only been beaten once in our last 15 games.“

The Grimsby Town legend insisted the side would go all guns blazing to claim their first silverware in six years on Wednesday.

Town will be overriding favourites when they head to Bradford City’s Coral Windows Stadium to take on minnows Eccleshill United of Northern Counties East League Division One (7.45pm).

“We will have a strong side out,” McDermott added.

“Winning silverware breeds confidence. At this stage, that’s what we need.”

Cleveland Taylor has returned to Town from his loan at Corby Town.

Adam Nowakowski should recover from the broken nose sustained against Trinity in time for Sunday.

McDermott also dismissed any rift with veteran midfielder Adam Bolder, who was seen leaving the CNG Stadium prior to the Gainsborough draw on Saturday.

Bolder has not started for Town in the league since his red card against Bradford Park Avenue on January 15.

“It’s been a frustrating time for him,” said McDermott.

“Adam Nowakowski and Anton Brown have been doing really well in midfield.

“They have been unbelievable.

“We like to play Adam in a midfield three, and recently we haven’t been playing that system.

“I can understand the fans saying you have Adam Bolder and Michael Woods not playing, but they are also saying Anton and Adam are playing really well and Chris Hall and Ashley (Worsfold) are banging the goals in.

“Who can you drop to fit them in?”