Simon Weaver pleased by impact of Kian Harratt and Maxim Kouogun on first starts for Harrogate Town

Kian Harratt and Maxim Kouogun were handed their first starts in Harrogate Town colours on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 8:02 am
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 8:04 am
Harrogate Town's on-loan Huddersfield Town striker Kian Harratt lets fly during Saturday's FA Trophy win over Eastleigh. Picture: Matt Kirkham

The Wetherby Road outfit secured their passage through to the FA Trophy quarter-finals courtesy of victory over National League rivals Eastleigh, with both men playing their part in a 2-0 success.

Seventeen-year-old striker Harratt set up the opening goal for Alex Bradley, while Kouogun, 22, impressed at centre-half to help a much-changed Town XI register a clean-sheet.

And their contributions left manager Simon Weaver impressed.

"Kian did well. He was a real handful," the Harrogate chief said of the Huddersfield Town loanee, whose two previous appearances have come from the substitutes' bench.

"He's only 17, but he's got nous. He gets himself in the right place, collecting the ball and turning onto his left foot. You can see he is going to get a lot of goals in his career.

"He opened up onto his left three or four times in the first half and found the target every time. He was unlucky with his effort that hit the post.

"His energy output and his movement caused Eastleigh a lot of problems."

At the other end of the field, ex-Waterford man Kouougun slotted seemlessly into the centre of the Town back-line, just four days after his arrival from the League of Ireland Premier Division.

"He looked really assured to say it was his first competitive game since November. He's only going to get better," Weaver added.

"He's a strong boy for 22 and good in the air. I thought we struggled in the air at their place, but right from the start I thought that both he and Will [Smith] asserted themselves well.

"He reads the game well doesn't he, and looked unflustered.

"He's taken a bit of pressure off our shoulders. Knowing that we've got a solid lad who can come in and compete with the other two centre-halves means that we have real competition in that position."