Harrogate Town duo set for loans

Liam Hardy in action for Harrogate Town
Liam Hardy in action for Harrogate Town

Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver will trim his “bloated” squad after striker Joe Ironside’s joined from Sheffield United on loan.

Ironside has moved to the CNG Stadium on a month’s deal and will challenge fellow forwards Chris Hall and Ashley Worsfold for a starting berth.

His arrival meant Town had 26 players signed onto their books, and Weaver confirmed he was looking at exit routes for several fringe players.

Buxton enquired for Liam Hardy and Matt Bloomer’s services, but the Evo-Stik Northern Premier trundlers could face competition from Gainsborough Trinity.

Weaver also confirmed flop Lincoln City forward Adi Yussuf would leave Town at the end of his loan spell.

Ironside has made 26 appearances for the Blades in all competitions, and scored for FC Halifax Town against Weaver’s men in the West Riding County Cup earlier this season.

The 20-year-old will link-up with fellow United forward Jahmal Smith at Harrogate.

“There were several Conference clubs sniffing around for him. We have fallen a bit lucky to have signed him,” said the gaffer.

“It’s a result getting a player of his experience and potential.

“He’s a big, physical unit and he’ll suit the way we are playing at the moment.

“Having spoken to Jahmal, he made his mind up to come. We have two good Sheffield United prospects now.”

Hardy has been frozen out of the first team since the turn of the year, while Dwayne Samuels’ impressive form at right-back has kept Bloomer on the sidelines.

“It will be a case of fringe players that want to go and get games,” Weaver said.

“Liam has shown enough this season that he has the attitude and ability we would like.

“He just needs to get some games, score goals and get razor sharp.

“We are not pushing them out of the door. But we do have a bloated squad and we need to balance the budget.”

Town boosted their play-off hopes with a convincing 3-1 victory over high-flying Hednesford Town on Saturday (report page 93).

But Tuesday night’s clash at Guiseley fell victim to the weather for the second time.

The Sulphurites head to Histon this Saturday. And Weaver was hoping to improve the club’s poor away form, which has heralded just five wins in 12 journeys.

Histon grabbed a 1-0 win at the CNG earlier this season, a result which kick-started Town’s five-match losing run.

“We are having our best spell in terms of solid performances,” said Weaver, whose eighth-placed men are unbeaten in 2014.

“Histon are bright and breezy and can knock it about for fun if you allow them.

“We have to get in their faces and stop them playing.

“We are on a good run and we want to keep it going.”