Injury list grows ahead of Town’s FA Cup opener

24/9/11   Harrogate Town's  Paul Brayson tries to  weave through the Halifax Town defrence.
24/9/11 Harrogate Town's Paul Brayson tries to weave through the Halifax Town defrence.

HE’S got an injury list as long as his arm but Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver won’t be using that as an excuse tomorrow when their FA Cup adventure kicks off away at Frickley Athletic (3pm ko).

Town’s important 1-0 win at Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday was tainted with the news midfield warrior Adam Nowakowski could be out until Christmas with a fractured tibia.

Top scorer Paul Brayson meanwhile was taken off after pulling a hamstring and will be out for up to ten days.

With Liam Hardy, Chris Elliott, Danny Stimpson and Jonny Allan already on the treatment table plus Paul Heckingbottom recovering from a bout of illness Weaver is down to the bare bones ahead of their important trip in the famous competition.

But with St Aidan’s School student/winger Ben Cohen signing forms this week and more strength in depth this season Weaver is staying upbeat.

“Yes it’s a blow but we’ve just got to get on with it,” he said.

“Losing Adam is massive. I’d have to say he’s one of our most important players. It’s a shame for him. He’s going to be out for a while but he’ll come back fitter and stronger. Adam has a great attitude.

“After he’d been injured and went to hospital he still texted me to say “get in! Three points” that’s just the sort of character he is.

“ He’s a warrior, he loves Harrogate Town and he will run through a brick wall for us. But he’ll be back.

“Paul Brayson we’ll just have to monitor.

“ He’s had a tight hamstring and we had to take him off at Vauxhall. But we’ll be looking at him in the north east and see how he responds to treatment.”

Despite Frickley lying in the division below Town, Weaver knows they will be a tough nut to crack.

They currently sit 13th in the Evo-Stik Premier Division after a conservative start to the new campaign.

But with home advantage Frickley could be eyeing an upset.

“I’ve played there a couple of times in pre-season friendlies when I was at Lincoln,” said Weaver.

“The pitch has a slope and you get changed in temporary buildings. But I’m confident we can go there and get a win.

“It’s a very important game for us, it’s massively important you have a good run in the FA Cup.

“Not just for the financial side of it but to also capture the imagination of the public.”

On Saturday Town dug deep to pick up a point with a 0-0 draw against Halifax in front of a bumper crowd of 1,107.

On-loan ‘keeper Zac Jones had to be at his best to save a Tom Baker penalty. The youngster from Barrow also made a string of other smart stops to keep out their Yorkshire rivals.

Town grew in confidence after this result on Tuesday night when they travelled to Vauxhall Motors.

The home side had recently put five past Halifax at The Shay but Town’s defence kept them quiet in the first half.

With Weaver having to shuffle his pack after the injury to Nowakowski in the first stanza and Brayson in the second, Town backs were against the wall.

But winger Lee Elam proved the hero for the visitors, grabbing the winner in the 78th minute.

The victory lifted Town to 11th in the division.

One black mark for Town’s was the red card dished out to Ian Ross who picked up two yellow cards.

The midfielder will serve a one match ban for the misdemeanours.

“I was proud of the lads,” added Weaver.

“It was a good point against Halifax.

“We had to dig in deep. Then to go to Vauxhall, who are not a bad side, and get a victory was superb.”