Delight for Weaver as Town claim historic derby win at York

Harrogate Town players celebrate their second goal against York City in front of their travelling support. Picture: Town Pix
Harrogate Town players celebrate their second goal against York City in front of their travelling support. Picture: Town Pix

A strong second-half showing saw Harrogate Town emerge victorious from Saturday’s historic trip to local rivals York City.

Just as they did on home turf back in September, Simon Weaver’s men triumphed by a 2-0 scoreline on what was a first ever competitive clash at Bootham Crescent.

Despite being second best during the opening 45, a fine solo strike by youngster Jake Wright early in the second period set the visitors on their way, before Mark Beck wrapped up the points shortly after coming off the substitutes’ bench.

And the result ensures that Town keep pace with leaders Salford City at the top of National League North, just three points off the summit, and still eight ahead of third-placed Brackley.

“I’m delighted to get a win at Bootham Crescent on the first time in Harrogate history that we’ve come here to play York City,” boss Weaver reflected.

“It was such a big occasion in front of a good crowd and although every win is massive for us at this stage of the season, this one means that little bit more because it’s a local derby.

“With that derby atmosphere, we knew that there would be a lot of adrenaline out there and there wasn’t much quality in the first half.

“I said at half-time that I thought we had a couple of gears to go up and we showed that with two great finishes. We picked them off after that and could have had a couple more on the counter-attack.”

A total of 515 Town fans made the short trip down the A59 to cheer on their side and they filled a good proportion of the away end, providing vocal backing throughout.

Paying tribute to the club’s supporters, Weaver added: “It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it coming out for the warm-up, the away end was just a sea of yellow and black.

“We know how much it means to them because we’ve got different beginnings to York City and it was the first time in the club’s history coming here.

“We wanted to make it a memorable occasion and prove that we’re a decent team, and I think we did that.”