HARROGATE Town chief Simon Weaver feels his men face the ultimate acid test on Tuesday night when promotion pushers Alfreton visit the CNG Stadium.
It’s a big few days for the Wetherby Roaders.
First they have to negotiate the challenge of visitors Corby Town tomorrow (3pm ko), a task their manager believes will require an extraordinary tour de force to emerge victorious.
Weaver knows their recent record against the two big hitters is poor and needs improving.
Last year Town suffered heavy defeats home and away against Alfreton. They were also thumped 6-0 at the Impact Arena earlier this season.
Added to this, their opponents have a 100 per cent record on their travels so far this season.
The odds are stacked against Town but this hasn’t fazed Weaver who is scenting an upset.
“It’s one of the biggest events at home in the calendar against Alfreton,” he said.
“They’ve come a long way. Nicky Law’s done a really good job down there. They beat us pretty heavily at their place but we are a different team now.
“We are looking forward to it. We’ve got a point to prove after last time.”
Weaver feels his unified dressing room was the key to their second half comeback at Solihull Moors on Saturday.
Town were 2-0 down at the break before Graeme Armstrong’s second half penalty and a late Jake Picton strike saw them grab a share of the spoils.
“There’s a great work ethic with the lads now,” continued Weaver
“They are all vying for a starting place and there’s some good competition now. There’s no bad eggs in there at all.
“I have to take some of the blame for Saturday. I told them to ‘win the battle, win the battle,’ but they went out there in the first half and it was a bit like a hot potato. We’ve got a group of young lads and sometimes they take what you say literally.
“In the second half we told them to calm down a bit and they responded. I thought we were great. Graeme Armstrong came off the bench and I think he was a real handful. The atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards was superb.
“I look at them and think these are a great bunch of lads and that’s what is going to get us through the next few games. We need that team spirit for Corby and Alfreton.”