Harrogate Town steeled for Solihull Moors bogeyman Omar Bogle

Harrogate Town defender Matt Heath
Harrogate Town defender Matt Heath

Simon Weaver says Harrogate Town’s back four won’t fear any strikers in their pursuit of a play-off spot.

Bogey side Solihull Moors arrive in Harrogate on Saturday and the fourth-placed club’s electric striker Omar Bogle has teased Town over the last two years.

Bogle scored twice as Town lost 3-0 in the West Midlands earlier this campaign, and also bagged a hat-trick at the CNG Stadium last season.

Tuesday night’s opponents Altrincham also possess a frightening forward line, with former Guiseley frontman James Walshaw (17 goals) and Damian Reeves (12).

But Weaver backed Shane Killock and Matt Heath to continue their tight-knit partnership

On defending against Bogle, Weaver said: “You have to be on your toes. You have to nullify those threats.

“It’s a good chance for our centre-halves to step up and show what they are about.

“We are not overly worried by any individual.”

Michael Woods has returned to first-team training from injury but he is still two weeks away from action.

Town’s play-off hopes were dented on Tuesday night when Colwyn Bay hit back to win 2-1 at the Red Lion Foods Stadium.

Dom Rowe put Town ahead in the first half but two goals shortly after the break handed Bay victory.

Ashley Worsfold then had a late effort controversially chalked out for off-side.

“First half we were superb but we paid for a sloppy 10 minutes after half-time,” said Weaver.

Town also gave up an early lead in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at top five rivals Brackley Town. Adam Nowakowski’s 25-yard screamer put Town ahead within 90 seconds, before Rowe’s second-half strike rescued a point.

The gaffer has told his squad to use last week’s frustration positively.

Weaver said: “We have to turn up and make sure we put it right. Good teams do react well and we have a good bunch.

“There are twists and turns to come. Right from Telford at the top to Barrow in ninth, everyone wants to go up.

“We just have to be mentally stronger than the rest.”

Town’s impressive start to 2014 also earned the boss February’s Skrill North manager of the month prize last week.

“It’s recognition for the players, that they are doing the business,” Weaver added.

“It was an easy month to be manager because of the way the lads carried out game plans.”

lTown’s West Riding County Cup final against Eccleshill United will be played at Bradford City’s Crown Paints Stadium on Wednesday, April 9.

lThe rearranged trip to rivals Guiseley will take place on April 15.