Town edging closer to play-off dream

hsb  Town v Hinckley Utd. Town's Paul Bolland   (121215M3c)
hsb Town v Hinckley Utd. Town's Paul Bolland (121215M3c)

Harrogate Town are eyeing a hat-trick of wins this week in a bid to edge closer to the Blue Square North play-off spots.

Town came from behind to beat Workington 3-1 at York City’s Bootham Crescent in Tuesday night’s ‘home ‘ match.

A Dominic Knowles brace and Lee Elam strike sealed the points which moved Town to within four points of the final play-off place.

Now, Town hit the road for real to face third-placed Brackley on Saturday (3pm) and FC Halifax Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Town beat Brackley 6-1 at home in October, a feat Town manager Simon Weaver knows they will find difficult to match.

He said: “We have set our standards high with good results recently.

“It is great to know we are capable of getting great results, but to repeat it will not be easy.

“They will be hurting after losing 1-0 at home to Gloucester City on Tuesday night.

“We need to be hard to beat.”

He added; “I would like us to be strong on the break like Workington were this week against us.

“It is vital we keep our run going.”

Halifax are rivals for Town’s ambition to fill one of the final play-off spots. Town edge closer to play-off dream

The importance of the tie is not lost on Weaver.

He said: “I have no doubt Halifax will be in the play-offs.

“They have the supporters and they have the quality to get there.

“Going there and getting something at Halifax would be a huge result for us, it is a match we are all looking forward to.”

Weaver reflected on the 3-1 win at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday night.

He said: “We were poor to begin with, and didn’t look like a side heading for the play-offs.

“But we grafted in the second half, and showed we can burst into life.

“We took Elam on and changed the formation after an hour.

“Adam Bolder and Paul Bolland got on the ball more, and we looked sharp.

“Dominic scored twice, his overall game looks fantastic, we are pleased.”

Town have also brought in former Chelsea and Leeds United youngster Michael Woods.

The midfielder, 22, made over 100 appearances for Chelsea reserves, and also appeared for the first team.

He moved to the London club from Leeds United, with the clubs reaching a £5million settlement for the player.

He joins Town from Doncaster Rovers.

Weaver said: “There must have been huge pressure on him with that £5million settlement.

“He has a great pedigree, but he is at the stage of his career now where he needs to play first team football.

“He is desperate to prove himself.

“You expect players coming from his sort of background to have that bit of aggression but he came up and thanked us for the opportunity.

“He knows the score, he has to work hard.”

Meantime winger Adam Baker, on loan from Bradford City, will remain at Town until February 18 at least.

Bootham Crescent became Town’s fourth ‘home’ ground this season, following matches at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium and Harrogate Railway’s Station View as well as the CNG.

Weaver insists his side have enjoyed playing around the north, but admits the club is desperate to return to Harrogate.

He said: “It has been good playing away, we have to thank Doncaster and York City.

“But our pitch was turfed the other day, and we are hopeful we will get games on it now.”

The next home match is against Worcester City on February 16. Town have rearranged two league matches. They will now travel to Solihull Moors on March 26, and host Guiseley - postponed last Saturday - on April 23.