Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver's praise for strike duo Jack Muldoon and Mark Beck

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver hailed the burgeoning partnership between his front two, following Saturday's victory over Chesterfield.

Monday, 25th November 2019, 10:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 7:31 am
Harrogate Town strikers Jack Muldoon and Mark Beck have formed an effective partnership up front. Picture: Matt Kirkham

Joint-top-scorer Jack Muldoon bagged his seventh goal of the season, while big Mark Beck led the line superbly in a 3-1 success at the CNG Stadium.

This has however become pretty much the norm in recent weeks, with the statistics there to back up the notion that the current Town strike-force is just getting better and better.

In the 12 games since boss Weaver reverted to a 4-4-2 system with the pairing of Muldoon and Beck in the forward positions, the duo have, between them, been responsible for 10 of the 22 goals the club has scored.

Jack Muldoon celebrates.

One or the other has found the back of the net in seven of the last eight matches, including each of the previous four.

"That front pair are absolute gems for us," Weaver reflected.

"Becky is in the form of his life and Jack Muldoon is an absolute pest.

"He's probably under-rated, who else do you see at this level with the same energy output? I certainly haven't seen anyone, so his impact on the team is massive.

Mark Beck is in "the form of his life" according to manager Simon Weaver.

"With the energy of the front pair and the wide men pushing on, Chesterfield couldn't construct attacks from the back so then they were knocking it long.

"Jack understood the flight of the ball really well, picked it up from the flicks [by Beck] and gave us a foundation to get up the pitch.

"His finish for his goal was a clinical one."

The performance of Mitch Hancox also caught Weaver's eye, the ex-Birmingham City left-back making his debut against the Spireites just 24 hours after arriving at Wetherby Road on a short-term loan deal from Solihull Moors.

"I thought it was a very controlled performance. He really got on the front foot, especially second half," the Harrogate boss added.

"It always takes time to settle but I thought you could see his strength of personality shining through. He was getting the back-line up and he wants to win and you can see that etched on his face.

"He's someone who has been there and done it at this level, a very confident individual.

"Just one training session and straight into the team, yet I thought he was very composed."

Town return to action on Tuesday evening when they entertain fellow National League high-flyers and Yorkshire rivals, FC Halifax Town. Kick-off at the CNG Stadium is at 7.45pm.