Town shoot for cup final place

hsb  Harrogate Town v Altrincham. Connor Sellars.  (131207M3a)
hsb Harrogate Town v Altrincham. Connor Sellars. (131207M3a)

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver promised to field as strong a team as possible when his side pursue the club’s first cup final place in six years on Tuesday (7.45pm).

In-form Town host Evo-Stik First Division North basement boys Ossett Albion in the West Riding County Cup semifinal, with a dressing room spot at Bradford City’s Valley Parade up for grabs in May.

Town last won the competition in 2008 when they hammered Bradford Park Avenue 6-0 in the final.

“We are in the semi-final and we want to win some silverware,” said Weaver.

“We look to go there with a strong team, unless players are carrying niggles.

“The cup final would be a great day for the club.”

Tuesday’s winners will play either Guiseley or Eccleshill United in the final, date to be confirmed.

Park Avenue visit the CNG Stadium this Saturday as Town will also look to bolster their play-off ambitions.

Town suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to BPA in a FA Trophy third qualifying round replay earlier this season, when injuries struck Weaver’s squad.

Town’s chief has strengthened his outfit since and he believes his men are in better shape to deal with Avenue’s attacking force.

Weaver was also keen for Town to continue to “win ugly” after Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Leamington pulled them four points behind the Skrill North top five.

He added: “We want to keep winning. It’s about finding that formula again.

“Bradford have threats in the forward areas.

“We have to perform at our maximum to get anything.”

Leamington took the lead against Town on Saturday before Ashley Worsfold stole in to level matters shortly after.

Town’s winner then came from an unlikely source, as pint-sized substitute Connor Sellars headed in with little over ten minutes left.

“Connor was a constant thorn in their side when he came on,” said Weaver.

“He’s looking sharper and has shown he can do a job down the middle. We now have some very interesting players in those forward areas.

“All the strikers know they have to be on it to get a game. The bar is getting raised and we are scoring goals.”

New loan signing Adi Yussuf was thrust straight into the side on Saturday but the forward was hauled off at half-time.

Yussuf, 21, joined Town on Friday after falling out of favour at Lincoln City.

And Weaver insists patience is required before Harrogate fans see the best of the new recruit.

He said: “There have been glimpses of what he can do.

“He was flagging a bit towards the end of the first half so I took him off.

“It’s up to us to make sure he gets in the right physical shape. He will get sharper.

“He lost his way at Lincoln for whatever reason.

“He’s a young lad determined to make his mark but we might have to be patient.”