Town coffers set for bumper play-off boost

Town celebrate
Town celebrate

Harrogate Town will be boosted by a sell-out crowd for Sunday’s National League North play-off final clash with Brackley Town (3pm).

All available tickets were snapped up within 24 hours of them going on sale, with the 3,000-capacity CNG Stadium set to be packed to the rafters as the Sulphurites aim to secure a place in the National League for the 2018/19 campaign.

“It can suck that ball into the back of the net,” boss Simon Weaver said of the prospect of a full house.

“In the closing stages against Chorley, our fans were driving us on. They do give the players belief and it’s a brilliant atmosphere to be a part of. They make such a difference with the noise they generate and all the songs they sing. They’re a real driving force.”

Brackley finished in third position at the end of the regular season, five points behind second-placed Town. The sides drew 1-1 in North Yorkshire in September before playing out a goalless draw on a bog of a pitch in Northamptonshire on March 30.

“Brackley are a very good footballing team,” Weaver added.

“It’s always a hard game, they know what they’re about, they’re relentless in their mindset and have probably the most experienced team at National League North level, so we will have to deserve another win.”