Town seek an elusive double over Altrincham

7/1/12   Harrogate Town v Histon. Harrogate Town's  Robbie Youhill  takes the ball away from James Strevenson of Histon.
7/1/12 Harrogate Town v Histon. Harrogate Town's Robbie Youhill takes the ball away from James Strevenson of Histon.

BOSS Simon Weaver has backed his side to do a league double over Altrincham tomorrow.

Town’s trip to Moss Lane comes just at the right time according to the Wetherby Road chief (3pm).

Fresh on the back of Saturday’s pulsating 4-3 win at Bishop’s Stortford, Weaver is confident his players have what it takes to silence the vocal home crowd.

Lee Sinnott’s charges need three points to stay in touch with the Blue Square North play-off pack.

The former Farsley and Port Vale gaffer will also be keen to avenge Town’s opening day 3-2 win at home, a game his side dominated for the most part.

“I’ve watched them a few times and they’ve been impressive,” said Weaver.

“They’ve got pace on the wings and their front two are scoring a lot of goals. But we’ve looked more solid the last two games, Histon and on Saturday.

“If I’m honest, I think we were a bit lucky at home, they played well and created a lot of chances.

“Altrincham will be a tough place to get a win but if we play anything like we did on Saturday we’ll be in with a chance.”

Weaver is hopeful of naming an unchanged side tomorrow.

The Wetherby Road chief, this week announced local lad Robbie Youhill has signed a contract to stay until the end of next season.

“Robbie was excellent on Saturday,” he said.

“It was a bit up in the air whether he was going back to America at the end of the season, but we’re pleased he’s going to stay. He’s a Harrogate lad, we’ve got a few now in the squad and it shows local players will get a chance if they’re good enough.”

Weaver was also quick to praise Jonny Allan’s efforts for his two-goal turn on Saturday.

Town took the lead through an own goal on 19 minutes.

Bishop’s hit back eight minutes later to level, before Paul Brayson (35) headed home Allan’s initial shot to regain the lead.

The home side levelled again to take it all square into the break, and the second half saw more goalmouth excitement.

Allan’s first of the afternoon put Town into a 3-2 lead on 67 minutes. But speedy forward Dwight Gayle levelled the match for the third time moments later.

Both teams went for the win.

But to Weaver’s relief it was Town who pinched it when Allan was in the right place to net on 73 minutes and seal the points.

“It was an excellent result for us,” added Weaver.

“I was extremely pleased with the lads at Bishop’s, it was a good game to watch as a neutral, we stuck at it and managed to nick the win in the end.

“They were a good side, their attackers had a lot of pace and they will cause plenty of sides problems in this division.

“But I was pleased with the response. Jonny Allan was excellent up front, he and Paul Brayson caused problems and did what we brought them to the club to do - score goals.”

Town’s derby trip to Guiseley was called off for the second time on Tuesday. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 21.

lTown’s fans forum will take place on Wednesday in the Crossbar. The date had been changed but due to the rearrangement of the West Riding County Cup, it has now been put back to the original date, starting at 7pm.