Stars rested ahead of FA Cup

hsb  Town celebrate their second goal against Vauxhall Motors.  (121117M4c)
hsb Town celebrate their second goal against Vauxhall Motors. (121117M4c)

Key Harrogate Town players will be rested this weekend as they bid to be fit for next Saturday’s FA Cup second round match against Hastings Utd.

First-team regulars Chib Chilaka, Paul Beesley, Danny Forrest, Shane Killock and Dan Clayton are carrying knocks.

And with Dwayne Samuels suspended, manager Simon Weaver is looking to recruit ahead of this Saturday’s FA Trophy match at Gainsborough Trinity (kick-off 3pm).

He said: “I am not going to risk players this weekend who are carrying knocks because they make a big difference when they play.

“I have to look at where we are lacking and I am going through my contacts book. I need a favour to bring in two players to help us this weekend.”

He added: “Gainsborough have great experience but we need to make sure we do well in this trophy.

“We have made a real mark on our season with the FA Cup success, and I want to build on that.”

Town’s 3-1 home win over Vauxhall Motors on Saturday was their first match on the new Wetherby Road surface.

Beesley, Lee Elam and Luke Dean scored for Town before half-time.

The pitch cut up towards the end of the match, however, and the manager is concerned as Town host Bishop’s Stortford in Blue Square North on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm), four days before the FA Cup game.

He said: “It is not ideal to have a midweek game before the FA Cup tie.

“This game has been postponed so long, they will be wondering if it will be on!

“But we fear no team, and will play to our strengths.

“It doesn’t help that the pitch cut up, it is hard work but I am confident we will have a pitch to suit our play very soon.”

The win was followed up by Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at Stalybridge Celtic, a result which ended Town’s 11-match unbeaten run, and left them 14th in the Blue Square North.

Reflecting, the boss said: “Against Vauxhall, we had more players available than we did on Tuesday.

“We were 3-0 up at half-time, and it could have been more.

“We did what we did well, and maybe it took the pressure off before Tuesday.”

“At Stalybridge we made a sloppy start, I think when you are on a run you have to run out of luck, and hopefully that will inspire us to go on another run.

“We have to brush it off and move on.”

Chilaka should be fit for Saturday, but Forrest, Beesley, Clayton and Killock are doubtful.