Harrogate Town get new date for FC Halifax game

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Harrogate Town will play four games in the next eight days, after the postponed match at FC Halifax was rearranged for next Thursday.

The original match at the Shay on February 12 was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

But with Town playing Histon on Saturday, Colwyn Bay on Tuesday, Halifax on Thursday and Blue Square North leaders Chester FC on March 9, it’s a huge workload for Simon Weaver’s troops.

They moved into the play-off spots by virtue of goal difference on Wednesday night after Gainsborough’s defeat to Chester.

They could rise even further if results go their way when they host relegation-threatened pair Histon (Saturday) and Colwyn Bay (Tuesday).

Midfielder Tom Platt, signed on a youth loan from York City last Friday for a third spell at the CNG Stadium, scored early goals in both ties this week.

Dominic Knowles also scored in both games to extend his run to seven goals in eight games, while former Chelsea and Leeds United youth player Michael Woods struck a sensational goal for the club on Tuesday.

Weaver said: “It shows we are acquiring the right players at the right time and they are making a difference.

“You see Knowlesy and Woodsy sat together in the changing room, they have struck up a partnership.

“It’s about that chemistry.

“We can’t carry passengers. The players know they have to work their socks off.”

Last Saturday’s Gloucester match, played at Cheltenham FC’s Whaddon Road passed a late inspection and Weaver feared his side could be in for a wasted journey.

Platt made an instant impression scoring after three minutes before Knowles struck the game’s only other goal.

Weaver said: “I was devastated when I found out the match might be in jeopardy.

“We were sharp right from the off. We were physical and we won the battle. But when we got it down, it hurt them.”

The manager singled out Lee Elam’s fourth goal against Boston, assisted by Knowles, as an example of his side’s effort.

He said: “I pointed it out in the changing room afterwards. That was awesome. That epitomises what we are about.”

Town have now won seven of their last 10 league matches but Weaver said his side won’t be getting ahead of themselves.

“It’s exciting times. We’ve just got to make sure we keep doing the same things,” he said.

“It’s managing expectations now as people get disappointed if the opposition score, and making sure people are behind us and believing in what we do.”

Weaver said he hopes more fans turn out for Saturday’s home clash against full-time Histon to cheer the side into the play-offs that evening.

“It will be a tough game. We certainly won’t be underestimating them.” he added.

“Its good to be at home and hopefully we can build up our fan base and they come and support us.”