Town target league push

NADV 1208211AM5 Harrogate Town V Altrincham. Adam Bolder.  (1208211AM5)
NADV 1208211AM5 Harrogate Town V Altrincham. Adam Bolder. (1208211AM5)

Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver is backing his troops to kick-start their league season with a win on the rejuventated Wetherby Road surface this Saturday 3pm).

Town are unbeaten in ten games in all competitions, and progressed to the first round proper of the FA Trophy by beating Vauxhall Motors 3-1 last weekend.

Vauxhall travel to Wetherby Road for a league match this Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and Town then visit Stalybridge Celtic on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

Saturday’s match is the first to be played since aggregate material was laid to help strengthen the pitch’s ability to drain surface water.

Weaver is hoping for performances which can help his side improve on their current 16th position in the Blue Square North.

He said: “Both clubs will be even more up for the league game, and I want to follow the win up with another good performance to push on in the league.

“We want to push on, make sure we do the right things and go in all guns blazing.

“We have five games in hand, but it is so early in the season it is not a pressure situation yet.

“The groundsmen will be rolling the pitch later this week. “I would expect it to be fine for Saturday barring any horrendous weather.”

On Tuesday’s opponents he added: “I went to see Stalybridge recently, so I know what they are about.

“They are a young group of lads, we need to make sure our preparation is spot on, and I am expecting a close game.”

Town came from behind on Saturday, but a Tom Platt double and Paul Beesley strike saw them progress.

Their prize is a first round away tie against either Gainsborough Trinity or Hinckley United on November 24.

Reflecting on the game, the manager said: “It was a great win, and we are happy to be through to the next round of an important cup competition.

“We started well but got a little sloppy until they scored.

“We knew it would take time to get going after the highs of the last few weeks.”

Town players Liam Hardy and Rob Youhill are on loan at Harrogate Rail.

Weaver said: “I wanted them to go to Rail, because of the manager Billy Miller.

“Billy knows his stuff and playing will boost their confidence. They have a lot to offer, we don’t underestimate that.”

Danny Forrest is doubtful for this week’s games.

Tickets for Town’s second round FA Cup tie against Hastings United are now on sale from the club’s ticket office.