Away form must improve: Weaver

Harrogate Town v Leeds United.'United's Dominic Poleon gets in a shot.'8th January 2014. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Harrogate Town v Leeds United.'United's Dominic Poleon gets in a shot.'8th January 2014. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Harrogate Town’s experienced players must improve their woeful away form, insists Simon Weaver.

Weaver’s men have lost six of their 11 trips on the road this season, including three of their last four.

With ninth-placed Town travelling to fellow mid-table side Leamington in Skrill North on Saturday, Weaver urged for an instant improvement.

Town will be without Anton Brown and Steve Mallory through injury, but Adam Bolder returns from suspension.

Town should have the services of talented goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray after his trial at Bradford City proved unsuccessful.

The Bantams have not made a bid following the stopper’s one-day stint at the club last week and have since signed Sheffield Wednesday goalie Arron Jameson on a month’s loan.

With his star still between the sticks, Weaver was eager for his men to tighten up their away record.

He said: “We have a good home record but a poor away one. If we don’t stiffen it up, we won’t achieve anything.

“There’s a certain amount of pressure on the experienced lads. If they don’t start doing it, the younger lads are ready to come in.”

Weaver watched Leamington lose 2-0 at table-topping North Ferriby United on Tuesday night and pinpointed Lee Moore and new signing Danny Newton as their dangermen.

“Leamington have been on a good run, it’s another challenge,” he said.

“We will have to be gritty and make sure we don’t concede sloppy chances.”

In contrast to Town’s questionable away results, their home form this term has heralded eight wins in 13 games.

That included Saturday’s gritty 2-1 victory over Stalybridge Celtic as goals from Chris Hall and Adam Nowakowski wrestled three points for Town.

Nathan Cartman, who signed for Town from Harrogate Railway on Saturday morning after netting in last Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Leeds United, came on as a second-half sub .

Town’s chief said: “We weren’t at our best. It was a bit flat but we got the job done eventually.”

Nowakowski drew plaudits for his rumbustious show and his gaffer praised the midfielder’s newfound leadership quality.

The gaffer added: “He dug in and used what he has got to good effect. He has so much at his disposal it’s just about him realising that.”

Brown has been ruled out for two weeks after limping out of Saturday’s win late on.

December signing Mallory could miss three weeks with a wrist ligament injury.

However fears Leigh Franks was out for the season proved unfounded and the defender may return from his ankle ligament injury within weeks.

“Leigh’s made an unbelievable recovery,” added Weaver.