Hardy poised for comeback at home to Blyth Spartans

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HARROGATE Town boss Simon Weaver is hoping hot shot striker Liam Hardy is available for Tuesday night when Blyth Spartans visit the CNG Stadium.

Hardy has been out of action since breaking his ankle against Gloucester City in October.

But the former Askern Villa man has made a miraculous recovery and Weaver is hoping he is involved off the bench.

“If he’s happy with it, I’m happy with,” said Weaver.

“The goals-for column has gone down considerably since Liam got injured. Since he’s been injured no-one has come in and grabbed the opportunity.

“We haven’t got a game at the weekend but we’ll have a training session instead. We’ll get them in and work on them.”

Weaver is looking for some edge in front of goal after Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Eastwood.

“We had enough possession but we didn’t have that edge up front,” continued Weaver.

“It was about 60 or 70 but that’s not enough. It was disappointing and we have to work on it.

“We had to change our back four again. Jake Picton wasn’t playing and we missed him. We had Adam (Nowakowski) and Craig (James) back there. They did a good job but it’s hard forming a new partnership all the time.”

Town are without a game tomorrow.

But Picton will return to the team for Tuesday after missing the Eastwood fixture through suspension.

“Jake played well against Blyth last time,” said Weaver.

“They’ve got Paul Brayson but he wasn’t really a threat last time we played them.

“Jake had him. Hopefully he can do that again.”

On Tuesday Eastwood’s top scorer Lee Stevenson did the damage with two first half strikes as Town failed to score for the third successive match.

Town were due to welcome Redditch United to the CNG on Saturday but that game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch it has been rearranged for Tuesday March 22.

andrew.groves@ypn.co.uk