Football

Harrogate Town's Leon Osborne is congratulated on his goal. Pic courtesy of Paul Prole
Harrogate Town's Leon Osborne is congratulated on his goal. Pic courtesy of Paul Prole

Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver is urging his side to use their 1-1 FA Cup draw with Hyde as a springboard for this week’s home double-header.

Town host Corby in the Blue Square Bet North on Saturday, before Hyde come calling for a FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay on Tuesday.

The prize for the winners is a mouthwatering first round proper trip to League Two Torquay United, who knocked Town out on penalties at Wetherby Road in a 2005 replay.

Tuesday’s match is the rescheduled game after the replay was postponed this week because of a waterlogged pitch.

The manager knows these are games Town can win, and is telling his players their performances on Saturday will decide if they get their cup chance.

He said: “The players know I will be prepared to change things around if anyone gets slack.

“Having an FA Cup game on the horizon keeps the players sharp, and they will be thinking, if I want to be part of the FA Cup on Tuesday, then I will have to play well on Saturday.”

Corby head north having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Hendon at home, and sit third from bottom of the table.

Weaver said: “I have a decent idea of how Corby are set up. I want to keep up our home form of recent weeks, and these games are really important.

“We have got to concentrate on getting the three points on Saturday. It won’t be easy, Corby have some great players.”

He added: “They have a couple of lads up front who are young and mobile, but we need to make sure we concentrate on our strengths.”

The new date for the replay comes at the expense of Town’s West Riding County Cup tie away to Ossett Albion, after the CNG pitch failed an inspection on Tuesday.

“The referee had to make a call, and it was really wet towards the end of the bottom gate,” said Weaver.

“The pitch was too wet and heavy, which is unfortunate. We can’t control the uncontrollable.”

Reflecting on Saturday’s draw at Hyde, where Town conceded a penalty before Leon Osborne’s 88th minute equaliser saved the day, Weaver said: “The least we deserved was the draw. We played well against a good team. They had some very experienced players. We caused them to make mistakes, and went for their throats. I thought when we got Adam Bolder on the ball we were impressive, and for me Luke Dean was man of the match.

“We were frustrated in the end because we could have won it if we had taken our chances.” earlier.”

But we were excited to be in the draw.”