The start of the Blue Square North season is just two weeks away and Harrogate Town are peaking just at the right time according to manager Simon Weaver.
Their tough pre-season campaign is starting to come together with high scoring victories over Tadcaster Albion (5-0) and Saturday’s thumping 8-2 thrashing of Northern Irish side Crusaders.
Next on the agenda is a trip to Northern League opponents Bishop Auckland on Saturday.
This comes just three days’ after their John Smith’s Cup 1-0 win over Harrogate Railway last night. Adam Bolder scored the only goal in the first half.
“Things seem to be clicking into place over the last few games,” said Weaver.
“We’ve tried one or two different formations and they seem to be working.
“People have been asking me ‘when are you going to sign another striker?’ It’s difficult because of the money, but also I think the lads we’ve got deserve a chance. They’ve shown over the las t few games they can do it.”
Weaver has been delighted with the way Chib Chilaka and local lad Paul Beesley have moulded a successful partnership.
Chilaka slammed home a hat-trick in Belfast. Beesley, a stunning Luke Dean strike, plus further goals by Alan White, Alex Meechan (penalty) and Jonny Allan saw Town through to an incredible victory.
Now Weaver wants the same committment for Bishop in two days’ time.
“It will be another good test for us, they are an established side up there and they play on a fantastic pitch,”he said.
“Hopefully we can keep improving, because the progression so far this pre-season has been really good.”
Meanwhile, Weaver has revealed they are just waiting for the final piece of paperwork to come through before they can officially approve Mark Cook’s transfer to Peruvian side Universitario.
As soon as it arrives it will free up the cash to bring Jose Veiga in on a more permanent basis.
Harrogate Railway carry on their pre-season preparations with the visit of Northern League outfit Spennymoor on Saturday (3pm).
Rail’ picked up their first friendly win with a 1-0 triumph over West Yorkshire League outfit Leeds City on Saturday.
They have one more pencilled in before the start of the serious stuff next Saturday when Fields make the trip to Station View.
Boss Billy Miller will be looking for another positive performance by his men.