Skrill North: Harrogate Town must keep winning says Weaver

Harrogate Town's Chris Hall may miss the Bradford Park Avenue trip
Harrogate Town's Chris Hall may miss the Bradford Park Avenue trip

Simon Weaver insisted Harrogate Town won’t get carried away in their promotion charge, despite climbing up to third for the first time since September.

Town rose into the play-off zone after thrashing rivals Altrincham 3-1 away on Tuesday night, 72 hours on from beating Solihull Moors 2-1 at the CNG Stadium.

And with nine matches to go in Skrill North, Town are now in pole position to achieve a play-off place for the first time since 2006.

Six clubs are vying for three available play-off spots, with front-runner North Ferriby United and AFC Telford almost assured the fourth berth.

Only three points separate Town in third to Brackley in eighth.

Town boss Weaver has also banned his players checking scores from elsewhere during matchdays.

He said: “The season doesn’t finish now. There’s nine weeks to go.

“We are in a matchplay situation with other clubs.

“We just have to keep winning games.

“I have put a ban on looking at phones from the first team talk to the final whistle.

“I don’t want any outside influences. You can see a result going in at half-time and it can be detrimental to the spirit in the changing room.

“It’s about us. If we get the wins that we are aiming for, we will be right in there.”

Bradford Park Avenue entertain Town on Saturday for the pair’s fifth meeting this season.

Town have beaten Avenue just once this season, with a late 1-0 win in the West Riding County Cup. And the Yorkshire clubs shared a 1-1 draw at the CNG Stadium in January.

In-form striker Chris Hall is a doubt for Saturday’s encounter after departing Tuesday’s contest through injury.

Hall scored his 12th league goal of the season against the Cheshire club and he was also on the scoresheet against Solihull on Saturday (report page 91).

His absence could gift a starting chance to on-loan Joe Ironside or Michael Woods.

Woods came on in the latter moments against Altrincham after several months sidelined with an achilles injury.

Captain Shane Killock will definitely miss out.

Ahead of Saturday, Weaver said: “Tuesday’s match has taken the pressure off a little bit but we still have to show the same performance levels again.

“We need to turn up all guns blazing and win the war in the first 20 minutes.

“That’s what we are demanding, the lads are delivering.

“Hally has been massive for us. His confidence levels are through the roof.

“But, as much as we want him, we can’t risk his long term fitness if he is not right.”