Weaver needs a miracle after ‘unacceptable’ defeat

Blue Square Bet North. Harrogate Town v Guiseley.''HarrogateTown's Paul heckingbottom, right, and Guisleley's Lee Ellington, are pictured in an aerial battle for the ball.'picture mike cowling dec 26 2011

Blue Square Bet North. Harrogate Town v Guiseley.''HarrogateTown's Paul heckingbottom, right, and Guisleley's Lee Ellington, are pictured in an aerial battle for the ball.'picture mike cowling dec 26 2011

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HARROGATE Town boss Simon Weaver will ring the changes for their New Year’s Day trip to Guiseley after he described Boxing Day’s 4-0 defeat as “completely unacceptable.”

Town were humiliated in front of their own supporters in round one of the festive battle with the promotion-chasing West Yorkshire outfit.

For Weaver that simply can’t happen again and will swing the axe on his underperforming regulars if he needs to.

“In our last game at 2-0, I thought we buckled,” he said. “There were a handful of characters that didn’t but a few that went under a bit, and that’s just about courage.

“You can forgot your intricate coaching, forget that. We stuck a few people on who did alright in the last 20 minutes and showed a bit of courage.

“It’s too early to say what my starting line-up will be but I won’t be starting with the same eleven because there are too many who huff and puff.

“Too many people who are quite opinionated and think we should play the beautiful game. “They do in training but then when you’re up against better standard of opposition then the deficiencies certainly show.

“Guiseley away is going to be tough. But looking at them I don’t think they were fantastic. I just don’t think we were good enough in the second half.

“They were fast on the break and they had something up there that could hurt us.”

Weaver knows his side simply must put in a more competitive performance on Sunday in order not to be dragged into a new year relegation dogfight.

Town currently sit 16th in the Blue Square North table, with some tough fixtures to come in the next few months.

Meanwhile, they will go into their New Year’s Day clash underdogs, with the bookies favouring a home win for the Nethermoor troops.

Guiseley have lost only once at home so far this season, when FC Halifax fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Compare this to Town who have lost eight games on their travels already this season.

Weaver has challenged his troops to scale the walls of Guiseley’s West Yorkshire fortress.

“We’ve got to look at going there and getting a win,” he said.

“It’s our first game of 2012 and we need to get off to a good start, build on it and go from there. Guiseley are strong at home, but we’ve had a look at them and we know the areas to attack.”

On Monday, Town played well in the opening stages of their Boxing Day derby in front of 661 supporters.

Left back Craig Radcliffe caused a few problems with his dangerous set-plays and Will Turl missed two great opportunities to find the net.

But it was the away side who went into the break 1-0 to the good when Guiseley right back Jamie Clarke saw his deflected shot beat Mark Cook in the Town goal on 31 minutes.

Guiseley emerged first from the tunnel for the second half, eager to build on their lead.

They should have made it 2-0 when Chris Senior was well found by Michael Burns, but the former Scarborough and Halifax man shot straight at Cook.

Paul Brayson had a chance to level the match when Turl was felled on the edge of the box.

But he shot straight at Steve Drench, and it would come back to bite Town.

On 56 minutes Senior made up for his earlier mistake when he was found by Ellington’s flick on.

The pint-sized hit man still had a lot to do but he somehow, despite falling to the ground, he managed to fire off an unstopable rocket into the top right hand corner of Cook’s net.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of Weaver’s side. And soon it would go from bad to worse.

Senior set-up Burns for 3-0 on 67 minutes. The striker then turned provider for Burns who wrapped up the game with 31 minutes left in the match.