Weaver’s praise for Town players as gap at the top is narrowed

Simon Weaver applauds the Harrogate Town fans after the Easter Monday triumph over Blyth Spartans at the CNG Stadium. Picture: Town Pix
Simon Weaver applauds the Harrogate Town fans after the Easter Monday triumph over Blyth Spartans at the CNG Stadium. Picture: Town Pix

Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver praised his players for their response to last week’s defeat to Spennymoor as they closed the gap on National League North leaders Salford City to three points.

The men from the CNG Stadium followed up their home loss to the County Durham outfit with a battling draw at third-placed Brackley on Good Friday, then thumped Blyth Spartans 5-1 on Easter Monday.

And with Salford’s clash at Southport postponed, Town maximised their game in hand and climbed to within touching distance of top spot.

“We’ve bounced back in fine style,” Weaver said.

“There’s no tougher away game than Brackley, but we dug in in treacherous conditions and got an invaluable point, then we’ve been somewhere near our best at times against Blyth.

“The game wasn’t without it’s trying moments, the way that Blyth pop it around, they play a great brand of football, so we had to try and stay a bit more compact out of possession to be able to cope with that, and it set us up for the counter-attack

“We showed a lot of goal-power and edge in the final third and the striking unit we’ve got took the game away from them.”

Elsewhere, a late fightback by Kidderminster Harriers saw them beat third-placed Brackley 2-1, meaning that Town are now eight points ahead of their nearest challengers, albeit having played two games more.

“The points going to Kidderminster is good for us. We knew that if Brackley won their games in hand and were relentless with it then it would put real pressure on us, so we are pleased that that result went our way,” Weaver added.

“We’ve also halved the deficit between us and Salford which is the major aim. We’re glad that their game was called off because we wanted to get it back to that three-point situation.”

Next up for Town is a crunch derby showdown with North Yorkshire rivals York City at Bootham Crescent on Saturday (3pm).