Skrill North: Harrogate Town need ‘workers and soldiers’ - Weaver

NADV 1404211AM12 Harrogate Town V Barrow. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404211AM12)
NADV 1404211AM12 Harrogate Town V Barrow. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1404211AM12)

Simon Weaver wants a Harrogate Town team of “workers and soldiers” to drive towards winning the Skrill North next season.

Town sign off their 2013/14 season on Saturday when they travel to fallen giants Stockport County, with more than 1,000 supporters expected at Edgeley Park.

But with his side’s chances of promotion gone, attention has focused on which players will be retained at the CNG Stadium into the new campaign.

Weaver has experimented over Town’s last two matches to cast a watchful eye over which players will stay on the club’s payroll.

Youngster Alex Metcalfe excelled in a central midfield role in the 3-1 win over Barrow on Bank Holiday Monday (report page 94), and he also featured in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at promotion hunting North Ferriby United.

Striker Ashley Worsfold scored in both matches to take his seasonal tally up to 16 goals for the year.

Midfielders Michael Woods, Craig Nelthorpe, Steve Mallory and Cleveland Taylor sat on the bench for Monday’s match.

It is also believed scouts from Football League clubs were present at Guiseley last week to watch right-back Dwayne Samuels.

Weaver has refused to reveal who will be offered terms until the season closes. However, he did indicate Worsfold and Metcalfe would retain their spots.

The boss said: “We are very keen to keep Ashley. He has enthusiasm and he has turned into a goalscorer now.

“We are getting him into the right places to score goals. He has told me he wants to stay and that’s good news for the fans.”

On Metcalfe, he added: “He was superb in 45 minutes against Ferriby and he took it on. He’s the type of player we need.”

Injuries continue to blight Town as the season nears its end, and Adam Bolder became the latest absentee after injuring his knee on Saturday.

On-loan Sheffield United stars Joe Ironside and Jahmal Smith are also sidelined.

Adam Nowakowski was due to have a scan on his broken nose on Tuesday and was unlikely to make the trip to County.

“It’s abysmal what’s happened on the injuries front,” added Weaver.

Two second-half goals gave North Ferriby victory in Saturday’s derby, after Anton Brown and Worsfold had given Town a half-time lead.

And, Weaver said he was keen to follow in the footsteps of the high-flying Humberside outfit next season.

He added: “Ferriby have over-achieved this year. They have done it by having goalscorers and a team full of workers and soldiers. We need the same for the entirety of next year.

“Not just one or two games. We need it for 40-plus to win the league.”