Neil Aspin’s FC Halifax Town roll into Harrogate for a West Riding County Cup quarter-final on Tuesday, but Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver is firmly fixed on league matters for now.
Town picked up a fourth Skrill North win on the spin last Saturday when they prevailed 3-0 at Workington, but this Saturday’s trip to Solihull Moors will present a much tougher challenge (3pm).
Moors are flying high in fifth, but with 12th-placed Town eager to find a fifth successive league victory, Weaver needs his side to stand up to what’s expected to a physical encounter.
Striker Omar Bogle caused mayhem at the CNG Stadium with a hat-trick back in April, and is likely to be a potent force once again.
“The big one is Saturday,” he said.
“We want to continue this good run, we’ve won four league games on the bounce and it would be great to get something against one of the division’s best teams.
“It’ll be a physical challenge. A lot of league clubs have got their eye on Omar Bogle but our defence has been very firm at the back.
“We’ve conceded two in five games, so we need that to continue.”
Weaver also earmarked midfield technique specialist Ryan Beswick as a danger and rated goalkeeper Jasbir Singh as “one of the best in the league”.
“Injury-wise things are definitely better than last week,” he added.
“Shane Killock returned last Saturday. Leigh Franks is improving and Michael Woods was on the bench.
“We’ve now got a lot to choose from and a strong bench creating competition for place.”
The arrival of former Town chief Neil Aspin and his FC Halifax Town in Tuesday’s West Riding County Cup quarter-final is likely to provide a great spectacle for supporters and a competitive match (7.45pm).
But the Town boss conceded that the trophy is not top of the agenda for now.
“It’s definitely nice to do well in this competition but the league has to take priority,” he said.
“It should be a good occasion, Halifax are having a great season in the Conference, I get on well with Neil and I’m hoping for a good game for the supporters.”
A sparkling second half and powerhouse defensive show carried Town to a 3-0 win at Workington, their second double of the campaign.
Weaver’s injury-hit team was shored up by new loan signings, midfielder Brad Abbott of Barnsley and York City defender Tom Allan as well as the returning Killock.
Nil-nil at half-time, Town took control and a double substitution of Abbott and Liam Hardy for Chris Hall and Cleveland Taylor reaped rewards.
Town took the lead in the 61st minute when Hall was hacked down in the box by Bruno Fernandes, and Ashley Worsfold blasted home the penalty.
Ten minutes later, Fernandes failed to cut out Hall’s through ball and Worsfold raced clear to clinically beat Dixon.
Within two minutes, Town put the result beyond doubt when Merris broke down the left and his measured cross was headed in at the far post by Chris Hall.
“Workington isn’t an easy place to go and they put us under some pressure,” said Weaver.
“But in the second half we changed it round, went to 4-4-2, brought Chris Hall on and he and Ashley Worsfold were the difference.
“Three goals in 12 minutes says it all.”