Injuries haunt Weaver ahead of Histon contest

Blue Square Bet North. Harrogate Town v Guiseley.''Town's  Alex Meechan, right, hops his way around Guiseley's Dave Merris.'picture mike cowling dec 26 2011
Blue Square Bet North. Harrogate Town v Guiseley.''Town's Alex Meechan, right, hops his way around Guiseley's Dave Merris.'picture mike cowling dec 26 2011

HIS injury list has grown to ten and boss Simon Weaver admits it is hampering Harrogate Town’s preparations ahead of Histon’s visit tomorrow (3pm).

Forwards Alex Meechan (hamstring) and Will Turl (ankle) pulled up lame in training this week.

Meechan has been ruled out for two to three weeks, Turl meanwhile is a doubt for tomorrow.

Midfield/defender Pete Bore is struggling with a medial injury, and Laurie Wilson, Chris Elliott and Stephen Turnbull may not make Town’s starting line-up.

Weaver has also revealed Adam Nowakowski is unlikely to return until next season and joins Danny Stimpson and Liam Hardy who have been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

On a more positive note, key defender Richard Pell could pull through his own battle against a persistent hamstring problem.

The dire squad situation is the last thing Weaver would have wanted in his attempts to win round the Town fans

Their last Blue Square North showing at Wetherby Road, ended in a 4-0 defeat to Guiseley.

Histon, meanwhile, will be targeting a league double over Town after their 4-0 victory at home earlier in the season.

“It’s not ideal,” said Weaver about his side’s injury list.

“We’ve got ten out. I spoke to Macca (John McDermott) and we’ve agreed this is the worst situation we’ve seen in all our careers, it’s killing us at the moment.

“But I’ve managed to bring one or two in, Paul Bolland on loan from Mansfield and Michael Brough in the middle and Alan White in defence.

“Bolly is a great acquisition. I tried to get him in the summer, he was the players’ player of the year at Macclesfield and that says a lot about him.

“But he decided to join Mansfield at the start of the season, they are full-time and that was a bit of a no brainer.

“He’s here now and I think he can make a real difference.”

Meechan and Turl’s problems could open the door for local lad Paul Beesley to make his full debut for the club.

The 27-year-old impressed in the closing moments of Town’s Boxing Day fixture against Guiseley and has earned his chance for a starting position after a successful loan spell back at former club Harrogate Railway when he bagged eight in November and December.

“We’ve got options with Paul and Jonny Allan,” continued Weaver.

“I’ve been impressed with him (Beesley) in training. He works hard and he’s a winner.

“We’ll need that against Histon. We owe them one after the last game. We had a lot out then and had to change the midfield.

“Adam Nowakowski played up front and we missed his presence in the middle.

“They played well and Ömer Riza got in the holes and tore us to shreds.

“But we’re a much different side now and hopefully we’ll be able to surprise them.”

Meanwhile, Town’s cancelled New Year’s Day trip to Guiseley has been rearranged for a week on Tuesday.

“Of course we were disappointed because we felt like we had a good chance of beating them,” said Weaver.

“With the signings we’ve made it would make a difference.”

Town are in need of points tomorrow after other sides around them capitalised on completing two games over Christmas, dropping Town to 17th.