Harrogate Town are 'relishing being involved in title race - Simon Weaver

Last weekend’s defeat to Wrexham means that Harrogate Town have very little margin for error as far as their National League title bid is concerned.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 11:13 am
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 11:14 am
Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver. Picture: Matt Kirkham

Victory would have taken them to within a single point of leaders Barrow, however they now find themselves five points behind the Cumbrians ahead of Saturday’s trip to Aldershot Town.

Yet, despite the pressure that comes attached to each game at this stage of the season, boss Simon Weaver insists that his players are “relishing” being involved in the fight for top spot.

“There is very little margin for error. I think that’s fair to say, but it’s also the same for all of the other teams around us, including Barrow,” he said.

“It would only take a two-game swing for us to overtake them and go top, and given how things were looking after seven or eight matches, I don’t think there would have been too many people expecting us to be in this position.

“You can either be excited about being second in the league or fearful of the fact that we have something to lose.

“For me it is a buzz to be up there and honestly, we are relishing it and enjoying the challenge of competing for a place in the top three.”

Town’s loss to Wrexham was their first in seven games, following on from a run of six consecutive victories, during which they conceded only one goal.

The same starting XI has begun all of their last six league fixtures, and although disappointed by a flat second-half performance against the Dragons, Weaver revealed that he won’t be ringing the changes at Aldershot.

“The lads who have been playing deserve a lot of credit for stringing that six-game run together and, to be fair, we’ve only had that one poor half an hour against Wrexham,” he added.

“I think that the whole team were below-par for the second half, so it wouldn’t be right to single out one or two of them and change just a couple of players.

“What sort of a message would that send to the rest of the lads?

“We’ve got players who are out of the side at the minute who are looking sharp in training and champing at the bit, so if we got 90 minutes where we really under-performed again, then that is when we would probably look at making changes.”