Harrogate Town's display at Bristol Rovers not as bad as scoreline suggests, insists Simon Weaver

Simon Weaver does not believe that the 3-0 scoreline accurately reflects how his Harrogate Town side actually performed at Bristol Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

By Sports Reporter
Sunday, 13th March 2022, 10:28 pm
Updated Sunday, 13th March 2022, 10:50 pm
Harrogate Town lost 3-0 to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground. Pictures: Matt Kirkham
Harrogate Town lost 3-0 to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

The Sulphurites had the better of the opening quarter of the contest, but found themselves two goals down by half-time to strikes from Aaron Collins and Elliot Anderson. They then went on to gift Collins a second and the hosts a decisive third early in the second period.

And while Rovers never looked back having got their noses in front against the run of play, Weaver believes that the visitors were very much in the game.

“It’s astounding that we’ve lost another game by three goals,” the Harrogate chief reflected.

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Paul Thirlwell and Simon Weaver, right, watch on from in front of the away dug-out.

“The 3-0 scoreline probably wasn’t a fair reflection of the entirety of the game in terms of territory and possession.

“The first half-an-hour, we missed opportunities to score and then contributed to our own downfall by not defending two moments before half-time.

“There was a lot of positive play. I went in their manager’s office [after full-time] and they said for half-an-hour they were just praying to get to half-time at 0-0 and yet they’ve gone in at 2-0.

“It could have been 3-2. If we’d defended with a bit more of a steady thought process, we could have won this game.”

Saturday’s loss means that Town have now won just one of their last eight and remain 14th in the League Two standings.

“If I was a supporter I would be hurting, as a manager, I am really, really hurting,” Weaver added.