Title favourites Solihull Moors "hard nut to crack" for Harrogate Town - Weaver

Solihull Moors beat Harrogate Town 1-0 earlier this season (Photo: Craig Hurle)
Solihull Moors beat Harrogate Town 1-0 earlier this season (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Simon Weaver urged his Harrogate Town side to impose themselves early when title favourites Solihull Moors arrive at the CNG Stadium on Saturday.

Moors lead the way by four points at the top of the National League North table and sit ten points above Town, having played two more matches.

Brendon Daniels is Harrogate Town's top scorer with 12 goals (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Brendon Daniels is Harrogate Town's top scorer with 12 goals (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Marcus Bignot’s men edged Town 1-0 in September and head to Harrogate without a defeat on the road all season.

"They are a hard nut to crack," Weaver said.

"Everyone is saying Solihull are the favourites to win the title this year.

"I watched them last week at Stalybridge and they were very good. They hit the target when they get chance and most of the time it goes in."

The league leaders have been draw specialists on their travels, with seven stalemates out of a possible 13 matches.

However, history favours them in the fixture with Town collecting just eight points out of a possible 30 from the last ten clashes between the two teams.

Weaver added: "It should be a cracking game of football. We have to be very positive and set our stall out early.

"Should we get the win, it will be exciting and provide a real confidence booster."

Meanwhile, Luke Shiels had a successful operation on his knee and will face two to three months on the sidelines.

In his absence, Dave McGurk is likely to retain his starting place against Solihull ahead of new signing Nat Brown.

The former York City defender trained on Tuesday but has been undergoing a series of pain-relieving injections over the last month.

The experienced Brown, 34, joined on loan from Lincoln City last Thursday, while Matt Bloomer moved to Cleethorpes Town on dual registration terms.

Young midfielder Ryan Fallowfield faces surgery after fracturing his foot for a second time this season. Fellow midfielder James Cadman will have an x-ray in February to determine the extent of damage to his foot.

Paul Thirlwell should be fit from his latest calf setback.