Weaver praises players as Town end Harriers’ unbeaten run

Joe Leesley celebrates after firing Harrogate Town into the lead at Kidderminster. Picture: Town Pix
Joe Leesley celebrates after firing Harrogate Town into the lead at Kidderminster. Picture: Town Pix

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver was full of praise for his players after they ended Kidderminster Harriers’ 17-match unbeaten home run.

The National League North title-chasers triumphed 2-0 at Aggborough on Saturday courtesy of goals from Joe Leelsey and Dominic Knowles to ensure that they remain within touching distance of leaders Salford City.

And boss Weaver felt that his side were worthy winners on the day.

“Everyone had to work so hard, you’ve got to deserve a victory here, that’s for sure, because it’s really good opposition in Kidderminster on their home patch in front of their fans, who are passionate, but I thought that we did deserve the three points,” he reflected.

“All across the back they all made fantastic contributions. We were very reliable all across the pitch, no-one was cutting corners with their effort.

“The front two worked their socks off and it filters across the park and the work ethic was superb so that’s why we deserved to keep a clean-sheet.

“It’s right up there [with Town’s best results of the season], three points on any Saturday or Tuesday - they’re all important, but we’ve got to stay focused and not get ahead of ourselves now just because it is a superb win.

“But I think we’re allowed to enjoy the next 24 hours, at least, and we can come into work on Monday morning and prepare again, but it was a good performance.

Leesley blasted Town into a 15th-minute lead when he fired the ball home via the underside of the crossbar after home keeper Jon Flatt has pushed Mark Beck’s header away.

There were no more goals before the interval, but striker Knowles doubled his side’s advantage just 60 seconds after the resumption, picking up Beck’s flick-on from a James Belshaw punt, turning on the edge of the box and picking out the far corner of the net.

Town then defended resolutely to see out the game, keeping them just two points off top spot following a 3-2 victory for pace-setters Salford over Alfreton Town.