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Town boss: We must “sharpen up” ahead of big kick-off

Simon Weaver looks on unimpressed during Saturday's defeat to Cefn Druids. Picture: Matt Kirkham
Simon Weaver looks on unimpressed during Saturday's defeat to Cefn Druids. Picture: Matt Kirkham

Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver felt Saturday’s friendly loss to Cefn Druids served as “a timely reminder that we need to sharpen up.”

The Wetherby Road outfit kick-off their first ever National League campaign at home to Sutton United in less than a week’s time, but having won their opening four pre-season fixtures, they have now suffered back-to-back defeats.

Reflecting on Saturday’s 2-1 reverse at the hands of the Welsh Premier League outfit, Weaver said: “Obviously I’m disappointed, we don’t want to lose any game, we just didn’t see it out.

“We weren’t at out best throughout the day, I’m hoping it was just a bit of a flat performance after what has been a really good pre-season.

“At both ends of the pitch, we weren’t ruthless enough. Belly [James Belshaw] didn’t have much to save or much involvement in the game, but credit to them, they finished the brighter of the two teams and it was a culmination of errors that led to their two goals.

“I’m disappointed, but it’s a timely reminder that we need to sharpen up.

“Next week is a really big test for us against an established, top-end team at the level we’re going into and we have to hold our nerve both on and off the pitch and make sure we stick to what we do well.”

Town took a first-half lead in Saturday’s contest, Dominic Knowles glancing home a 35th-minute header from George Thomson’s free-kick.

The visitors held the advantage until eight minutes from time when substitute Ben Parker committed a foul just outside his own box and Druids’ Jordan Evans drilled home the resulting free-kick.

Worse was to come, however, Warren Burrell bringing down a home player inside the area and allowing Neil Ashton to win the game by slotting home from the penalty spot.