Simon Weaver urges Harrogate Town to battle the big boys

NADV 1304011AM7 Harrogate Town V Gainsborough. (1304011AM7)
NADV 1304011AM7 Harrogate Town V Gainsborough. (1304011AM7)

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver has called for bravery from his players when they tackle the season run-in.

Town finally got back on the pitch after three successive postponements for their clash against play-off rivals Gainsborough Trinity on Bank Holiday Monday.

But both sides cancelled each other out as they played out a drab 0-0 draw in front of a 400-strong CNG Stadium crowd.

Despite the draw, Town gained on other play-off rivals as Brackley, FC Halifax and Altrincham all lost.

This week Town host Solihull Moors on Saturday before Gloucestor City visit the CNG on Tuesday. They were due to play Bradford Park Avenue last night after the Advertiser went to press.

Weaver said the way his side attacked towards the end of Trinity’s visit showed their character.

“It’s a new experience for this group of players and there is a great togetherness and they fancied that last 20 minutes,” he said.

“It’s positive and a ‘let’s go for their throats’ attitude.

“We are probably in territory in terms of the play-offs where other teams didn’t think we would be and so we are enjoying it and playing with freedom.

“We will concentrate on ourselves but we obviously have a sneaky look and check it out.

“It’s gone for us but it can go against you if you don’t keep doing your part. We will just keep going and keep knocking on that door.”

Monday’s draw was Town’s first match without goal machine Dominic Knowles, who moved to League Two high-fliers Burton Albion last week.

The gaffer praised his side’s battling qualities against “the land of the giants.”

“I’ve never seen a team as big as them,” he said. “They were massive and they came to battle it out and put balls into channels and play for territory.

“We defended ever so well. Each man knew which person they had to pick up and they carried out their roles and responsibilities to a ‘T’.

“We gritted it out well and carved out chances at the end.”

Michael Woods pulled up with a hamstring injury and is a doubt for Solihull’s visit.

Alan White should return after missing Monday’s clash and Adam Bolder will return from suspension against City.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash, Weaver said: “They play a 4-4-1-1 in a very compact system.

“They are big lads again and similar to Gainsborough. They are very good at set pieces.

“It’s not easy but I’ve got to instill as much bravery into the players as I can so we can carry on doing what we are doing.”

Despite Knowles’ exit, Weaver believes he has the squad to continue to push for the play-offs.

And the gaffer thanked Knowles for the impact he had on the club after he netted 10 goals in 14 appearance since his January move from Trinity.

Weaver said: “He was an excellent player for us but we have got out of it what we wanted.”

“He came here with the desire to play higher. He’s got that chance

“It is a good move for him and we are proud we have given them that platform.”