Town ready to build in holiday double

NADV 1308205AM3 H'gate Town V Vauxhall Motors. Adam Bolder  (1308205AM3)
NADV 1308205AM3 H'gate Town V Vauxhall Motors. Adam Bolder (1308205AM3)

Two games into the season with four points in the bag, Harrogate Town enter a tricky run of games starting with a Bank Holiday double.

Impressive new boys North Ferriby United visit the CNG Stadium on Saturday (3pm), before Town hit the long road to Barrow on Monday (6.30pm).

Stockport County then roll into town next weekend, and Telford arrive the Saturday after.

Simon Weaver’s eighth-placed troops have made a steady start to Skrill North, Ashley Worsfold’s first-half double capturing a 2-1 win at Oxford City on Saturday.

Town were then four minutes from beating Vauxhall Motors in front of 628 supporters on Tuesday night, before an 86th minute equaliser saw the spoils divided.

As far as Weaver’s concerned, it’s onwards and upwards starting with the league’s top dogs on Saturday.

Ferriby have won two from two, and already scored seven.

“I saw them at Bradford on Monday and they’ve invested in their fowards,” said Weaver

“They have three guys, Kendall, Wilson and Jarman, who could all play in the league above, so we have to defend tight against them.

“If they get the ball in the D, they like to swivel and hit it. They play a fairly rigid 4-4-2 but will be dangerous.

“We have to be sharp and more inventive to counter them.”

A stunning Adam Bolder volley from the edge of the penalty area shot Town into a 26th minute lead on Tuesday, in an impressive first half.

But Town took their foot off the gas after the break, and with nothing to lose, Motors threw men forward.

This paid dividends when Andy Nicholas knocked in to rescue a point.

Weaver was disappointed after the whistle, but feels with the quality of this year’s side, and two returning, there is plenty to build on.

Dynamic midfielder Craig Nelthorpe was back from suspension against Motors, while forward Michael Woods will return from his ban on Monday against Barrow.

With injured winger Cleveland Taylor nearing fitness, the manager is keen to boost his attacking options as soon as possible.

“Michael is is back from Monday, and Nelly is back now so there is a lot of attacking talent coming back,” said Weaver.

“We have a lot of lads who can do some damage.

“Ashley Worsfold was superb on Saturday, he and Chris Hall are forming a great partnership.

“We have a lot of new players and we’re still finding that balance.”

Going to close to victory on Tuesday before seeing three points reduced to one made for painful viewing, and Weaver kept his troops inside for almost 30 minutes after leaving the pitch.

“Of course Tuesday was disappointing, I like to win but it was a point gained in the end,” said Weaver.

“We had a great first half, got in the box, looked dangerous.

“But we missed a few chances, then dropped two deep in the second and surrendered territory.

“Vauxhall looked a lot better in the second half, they were chasing the game and threw everyone forward and we didn’t keep the ball under pressure.

“Adam’s goal was awesome though, and I thought Chris Hall was a real handful.”

Meantime, Paul Beesley, Peter Crook and Sam Jones are securing match time at Billy Miller’s Harrogate Railway.

“It’s good for both clubs,” said Weaver.

“Players like Paul don’t want to sit on a bench. They need games and match fitness and I’m happy to help Billy out.”

Town will visit Bradford Park Avenue in the West Riding County Cup second round in November, date to be confirmed.