HARROGATE Town put in a strong showing against a classy Middlesbrough XI last night before eventually losing 2-1.
The signs looked ominous from the start with Boro moving the ball well on the superb home playing surface.
The full time opponents made all the early pressing but their clever intricate passing around the boss lacked that bit of quality leaving Town’s back enough time to shut them out.
After a concerted spell of pressure they did open the scoring through centre back Ben Gibson who riffled a shot past the diving Chris Elliott on 32 minutes.
But credit to Town who fired back before the break.
After being fouled in the build up Johnny Allen was tripped in the box by Boro ‘keeper Luke Coddington. Former Blyth man Stephen Turnbull slotted home the resulting kick to level proceedings on 36 minutes.
For long periods of the second half Town held their full time opponents and played some lovely football of their own.
Bruno Pilatos’s strike aside that smashed into Elliott’s left hand post Weaver’s men held firm and deserved to come away with a draw.
But it was the Teessiders who nicked it ten minutes from time thanks to Ben Gibson’s flick header from a biting cross.
“It was a good performance by us, I was really pleased with them,” added Weaver.
“To say for some of them that was there first game of football from last year it was impressive. I thought we closed them down really well and all the lads put in the effort. It was good to see.”