Town’s New Year’s Day clash called off

Guiseley's Nethermoor ground waterlogged before the proposed New Year's Day clash against Harrogate Town. (S)
Guiseley's Nethermoor ground waterlogged before the proposed New Year's Day clash against Harrogate Town. (S)
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HARROGATE Town were thwarted in their attempts to bounce back after their Boxing Day mauling against Guiseley due to a waterlogged pitch at Nethermoor.

The handful of supporters who turned up early for the West v North Yorkshire derby were turned away disappointed after the match referee called a halt to proceedings before a ball was kicked.

The match was still on in the morning.

But torrential rain across Yorkshire in the run up to the local derby caused standing water to build on all over the pitch.

Simon Weaver was looking for a reaction from his squad after their poor showing at home to the Guiseley seven days previous.

Just a day earlier the Wetherby Road boss had been at Aldborough Road watching Ripon City beat Boroughbridge, City containing a few potential Town stars of the future.

Weaver was weighing up the possibility of starting striker Paul Beesley for the first time.

New signing Paul Bolland was eligible to start and local lads Dan Clayton and Rob Youhill were also in line for a call up.

Town’s next game is a home clash against Histon next Saturday.

Weaver’s men were beaten 4-0 away in the reverse fixture last year.