Grit it out and bag the points

Gainsborough Trinity v Harrogate Town.  Pictured is Liam Davis (w131005-2e)
Gainsborough Trinity v Harrogate Town. Pictured is Liam Davis (w131005-2e)

Boss Simon Weaver is determined to drill a winning mentality into his Harrogate Town players.

Town return to Skrill North action at Boston United on Saturday after a weekend break due to FA Cup fixtures.

After five straight defeats, capped by a 2-0 defeat at Gainsborough Trinity two weeks ago, the gaffer said it’s time the players proved to fans they are good enough.

After Boston, Town host basement boys Workington on Tuesday night at the CNG Stadium (kick-off 7.45).

Weaver said: “Let’s put the last three weeks to bed.

“Let’s go and be positive and capitalise on the chances we are creating.

“I hate losing all the time.

“But you can’t dwell on disappointment. You can’t afford to sulk.

“The lads are chomping at the bit to play.”

Boston have been in hot form this season, and eight places above Town in fifth.

Weaver pinpointed frontmen Marc Newsham, Ricky Miller and Spencer Wei-Daley as the players his side need to blunt.

Craig Nelthorpe has nursed a thigh injury and is Town’s only doubt.

“It’s going to be hard. They are flying,” he added.

“We have to start with that high tempo, that’s what we have seen in training. The lads have had that extra edge.

“We have shifted the focus from not scoring and feeling unlucky to being really gritty and having that winning mentality.

“We will be going all out - we will try and get balls in the box and make it difficult for them.”

Town yesterday secured a one-month loan signing of 19-year-old Grimsby Town forward Dayle Southwell.

The striker will come into the squad for Saturday’s trip to high flying Boston.

Weaver said: “He is another striking option. I watched him against Scunthorpe reserves. He’s a threat and he knows where the goal is.”

Veteran defender Alan White has left the CNG Stadium after completing a permanent move to childhood club Darlington 1883.

White had been dual-registered at Darlington and the gaffer admitted his disappointment at seeing “a good friend” go.

“At his age, the offer they gave him you can’t turn down,” the Town chief added.

“He’s been really good for us. He had a great presence and one that we will miss.”

Weaver confirmed a replacement defender will not be brought in.

Weaver urged the Harorgate faithful to become a 12th man on Tuesday night against a struggling Workington side he expects to provide a hard game.

“If you can get the passion for fans, the players respond and you get passionate players,” he added.