Season’s over but Town and Railway hatching new plans

Dom Roma breaks down the wing for Harrogate Town pursued by Obi Anoruo of Vauxhall Motors.
Dom Roma breaks down the wing for Harrogate Town pursued by Obi Anoruo of Vauxhall Motors.
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THE season may have finished on the pitch but Simon Weaver and his management staff’s plans for Blue Square North 2011/12 have already kicked into action.

Weaver had an important meeting at the club last night to finalise his squad for a fresh assault on the division in August.

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The Wetherby Road gaffer was satisfied with their mid-table finish just a year after they finished bottom of the tree.

Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at AFC Telford brought to an end avery tough April.

“We’ve improved since last year,” said Weaver.

“But I’m not going to set lofty ambitions for next season. We are another 25 points from the play-offs and that’s a big jump.

“To have that level of improvement is ambitious. But we are ambitious, we’ve just got to look at improving each season.”

Weaver has targeted one or two new signings ahead of the late summer kick-off.

On Saturday he was frustrated with a number of missed opportunities early on in the Telford contest and believes Town need to strengthen this area.

“In the first 20 minutes we should have been 2-0 up,” he added.

“In this division you’ve got to take your chances.

“We need someone up there who is ruthless, someone who is a poacher in and around the box, someone like that is vital.

“Their second goal came from a set piece and that’s something also we need to look at strengthening.

“But the lads this year have done great. I’m going to sit down with them and talk about next year.

“I’ve already got in my mind who I want to keep but it’s only right we speak to them first.”

Nige Danby and his HARROGATE RAILWAY troops should look forward with relish to the 2011/12 campaign according to their gaffer.

He has a few irons in the fire with regards to forming a solid squad that can compete in Evo-Stick First Division North next season.

There is also the major clubhouse development to look forward to with work set to start on the new build in the coming weeks.

Rail’ finished with a 5-1 victory over Cammell Laird last Friday.

After going 1-0 down, goals by Wayne Harratt (11 minutes); Darren Barrick (13, 28) and Danny Thirkell (43, 64) handed them three points.

“It was a good way to finish,” said Danby.

“I think that’s 13 goals we’ve put past them this year now. We played with a lot of confidence now that the pressure was off us.

“We’re already talking to one or two players.

“We know what we want and who to bring in. We’re looking at the play-offs. We showed what we can do this season, we beat Chorley twice and they are in the play-off final.

“We also played well at Chester.

“It’s just that consistency.

“If we can cut that out we should be OK.”