Weaver gets tough ahead of Worcester

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BOSS Simon Weaver will rule Harrogate Town with an iron fist until the remainder of the season.

His side may be on an eight-game unbeaten run but that will count for nothing if his players don’t pull their weight in the last five games according to their gaffer.

Promotion-chasing Alfreton visit the CNG Stadium on Tuesday night just two days after Town welcome Worcester City tomorrow (3pm).

“Players need to tick the right boxes for next year,” said Weaver.

“They’re doing well at the moment but we don’t want to be doing alright next year it’s vital we’re up there challenging.

“We’re already looking to next year.

“I don’t want players to take it easy in the next few games, that’s not what I’m and that’s not we’re about.

“We don’t think people will take it easy, there’s no way that will happen, but it’s our job to step in if they do.”

First things first for Town is Worcester.

The Wetherby Roaders picked up a hard-fought 3-2 victory away earlier in the season and Weaver is hunting the double over them.

“We’ve got to focus on getting maximum points,” he continued.

“We’ve talked about it in the changing room. It’s something we need to do.

“I said Worcester have got a long journey in front of them, let’s beat them and make sure it’s an even longer one on the way back.”

Three points after two successive draws will set up Tuesday’s visit of Alfreton just nicely.

“The pressure will be on Alfreton,” said Weaver.

“It could be they come here needing a result.

“They’ve walloped us the last three times we’ve played them and scored something like 14 goals against us.

“But we’ve got to show them we are a better team now. We’ve got to be more organsied, gritty.

“These are the things we’ve got to do for next season.

“We’ve got to be mentally stronger against them.”

On Saturday Town extended their unbeaten run with a 0-0 draw at home to Vauxhall Motors.

Liam Hardy returned to the starting line-up for the first time since breaking his ankle in October and he looked lively, as did fellow strike partner Graeme Armstrong.

Motors hitman Obi Anoruo missed a good chance for the away side but Jake Picton and Adam Nowakowski shut out the on-loan Wrexham star.

Armstrong had a good chance to open the scoring in the second half before Anoruo was shown a red card following a fracas after Martin Foster was penalised for dangerous play.

But try as they might Town couldn’t find a way past the Motors backline with Picton going closest at the death.

“We really wanted another three points,” added Weaver.

“But I suppose a positive is we extended the unbeaten run to eight.

“But when you look over the last few games, the one’s we’ve drawn we could have won, we could have won the last eight games and then we’d be in a much better position than we are.”

Blue Square North pld pts

Alfreton Town 35 82

AFC Telford 36 74

Boston Utd 36 71

Nuneaton 37 68

Eastwood Town 35 64

Guiseley 35 64

Solihull Moors 36 63

Blyth Spartans 37 57

Droylsden 35 53

Workington 36 50

Stalybridge 36 47

Corby 35 45

Vauxhall Motors 36 44

Harrogate Town 35 43

Worcester 36 42

Hinckley Utd 36 39

Gloucester 35 39

Gainsborough 36 35

Hyde 36 30

Stafford Rangers 36 29

Redditch 37 8