SIMON Weaver will tell his side to forget about the league table and instead enjoy tomorrow’s relegation battle at home to Workington (3pm ko).
It might seem a perverse way of thinking, but the Harrogate Town gaffer feels a more relaxed attitude could bring out the best in his young charges.
Weaver was full of praise for their performance at Yorkshire rivals Guiseley on Tuesday night.
Town had led 1-0 at the break thanks to Will Turl’s header. But second half strikes by former Swansea striker Jason Price and Simon Ainge sealed the 2-1 win.
Weaver said he saw “flashes of brilliance” during the game and is confident Town can replicate it in front of their home supporters
“We owe the fans a performance every time we play at home,” said Weaver.
“But hopefully those who came to the Guiseley game will have seen they gave their all and deserved something out of the game.
“We’ve got to look forward to Saturday. But we don’t want to put too much pressure on the lads.
“We just want them to go out there, not think about the table, relax, and enjoy the game.
“They’re all big games for us now but they are also winable games.
“We are more than capable of getting something from them.
“We’ve got a young squad together now.
“The likes of Luke Dean, Jake Picton who’s 20.
“They all played really well against a well established team like Guiseley.
“If we can keep that level of performance up then I see no reason why we can’t beat Workington.”
Alan White is suspended tomorrow.
Paul Bolland is also a doubt after injuring his quad at Guiseley.
Adam Nowakowski is ten days away froma return, acorrding to his boss and Michael Brough is regaining fitness.
Workington, meanwhile, have signed three new players before the crunch fixture.
Defender Adam Flynn, who has been released by Altrincham and Middlesbrough teenagers Lewis Galpin and Michael Roberts are all available.
The Reds are currently just two places below Town in the Blue Square North standings.
It really is a must-win for the Wetherby Roaders, who are still bang in the relegation mixer after Tuesday’s loss.
Things were looking a little rosier at 5pm on Saturday thanks to Jonny Allan.
The Town striker volleyed home in the final moments to clinch a vital 1-0 win at bottom club Eastwood Town.
With Vauxhall and Hinckley both winning, the result grew in importance.
Town are still only five points clear of the relegation zone.
“They came out and put ten men behind the ball,” added Weaver.
“But I suppose it doesn’t matter if you win 1-0 or 5-0, the most important thing is the three points.”
It was another busy week for Weaver who brought in midfielder Dean on loan from Bradford City before their Guiseley test.
He already has Bradford’s Andrew Burns and Scunthorpe United’s Ashley Palmer.
Both loanees were named on the bench on Saturday after playing against Vauxhall recently. Weaver can’t add anymore now as the loan deadline passed on Thursday.
Meanwhile the deadline for keen youngsters to join Town’s Academy side runs out today.
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