NADV 1208211AM10 Harrogate Town V Altrincham. Town's Chib Chilaka  (1208211AM10)
NADV 1208211AM10 Harrogate Town V Altrincham. Town's Chib Chilaka (1208211AM10)

It will be a case of friends reunited on Saturday when rivals Bradford Park Avenue visit Wetherby Road.

John Deacey will travel north alongside assistant Mark Hume, striker Danny Holland and utility man Richard Marshall, all popular figures during their time at the Sulphurites.

Town boss Simon Weaver is desperate to spoil the domestic welcome home party for Deacey, who will be looking for a repeat of last season’s West Riding County Cup victory.

Avenue have held the Indian Sign over Town in their recent meetings.

The aforementioned cup result was a particularly dark night for Town.

As was their 4-0 FA Cup exit to the West Yorkshiremen in Weaver’s first season in charge.

“We need a better performance than the last time we played them,” said Weaver.

“Three points, that’s what we want and the same fantastic support.

“We’re aiming for three points against a really strong team, I expect with the players they’ve been able to get hold of that they will be in the top five.

“It will be interesting with all the ex-players coming back, it should be a great game.”

Weaver has called for the same level of support that turned out on Tuesday night for their first home fixture of the season against Altrincham to return on Saturday.

Over 570 attended a wet night for football, boosted by a healthy group of Alty fans.

It was a case of what might have been for Town who slipped to a 2-1 defeat despite dominating the first half.

A screamer by Alty’s Duncan Watmore after four minutes put the visitors into an early lead.

But after that it was all Town who squandered a raft of chances to go in level. Chib Chilaka scored just after the break, but a Simon Richman strike 14 minutes from time was enough to take the points.

“We felt deflated after conceding that goal,” continued Weaver.

“For long periods of the game we looked good. It’s half a new team but they’re really starting to gel. There’s a lot more positives there than this time last year when we beat Altrincham 3-2 when we could have been beaten heavily. On TuesdayI don’t think we really deserved to lose the game at all.

“Hopefully the fans thought we put on a good show.

“The lads showed great bravery.”

Town are in action on Monday, travelling to Gainsborough Trinity in the league (3pm).

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