Harrogate Town: Weaver delighted with Skrill North statement

Licking his lips: Simon Weaver believes Town's forwards will enjoy service from wide areas
Licking his lips: Simon Weaver believes Town's forwards will enjoy service from wide areas

Manager Simon Weaver saluted his Harrogate Town side’s positive mentality after their 3-1 dismissal of joint leaders Hednesford Town on Saturday.

Chris Hall bagged two goals as Town eased past the Skrill North second-placed side.

Defender Matt Heath also bagged his first for the club as Town boasted their play-off credentials at the CNG Stadium.

Town stayed in eighth, but closed the gap to the play-offs to seven points with two games in hand on AFC Telford.

On Saturday’s win, Weaver said: “It’s a good statement to make.

“It has to do us some good. It might not make a difference to some people but it does for our confidence levels.

“We deserved the win because we were on the front-foot. There was no one out there with a negative mindset.

“We wanted to win and we did. And we we looked a professional outfit in doing so.

“The partnerships throughout the core were really good. It was a collective effort that gave us a force behind us today.

“The second-half, we didn’t make the most of our chances so we should never be happy but all in all it was a great day for us.”

Hall’s brace brought his seasonal tally to seven in Skrill North and nine in all competitions.

Weaver said: “Hally was there, right place right time a number of times today.

“He was unlucky not to get three or four.

“He was big and physical and made some very useful runs and he got his just deserts.

“Sometimes he is so unselfish that he goes away with all the battering and bruises and he forgets that he could be a bit more selfish. He has done today.

“We have done a bit of work in training from finishing from crosses. He was looking more ruthless the other night and he looked good today.”

All three of Town’s goals came from crosses into the box, and Weaver suggested his men had targeted the visitors’ weak spots, noted from their 3-1 victory away in December.

The gaffer added: “Today we just wanted crosses in the box.

“We seemed to hurt them when we got down the sides of them.

“It’s a simple gameplan but it’s not always simple to carry it out.

“The threat we now have in the wide areas, the strikers should be licking their lips.”