WEAVER KEEPS FAITH WITH STRIKERS

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NADV 1304237AM5 H'gate Town V Guiseley. (1304237AM5)

Frustrated Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver has “full faith” in his failing strike-force despite urging them to sharpen up to end the club’s horrid losing run.

Town exited the FA Cup in the second qualifying round on Saturday as their curse of missed chances struck again at Colwyn Bay.

The Welsh side snatched a late 1-0 win as Town failed to convert any of their 18 opportunities.

The defeat was Town’s fourth in a row, their worst run since October 2011.

Weaver insisted wholesale changes are not the answer to his side’s problems and confidence remains high through the core of the team.

He said: “If we weren’t creating than we would be concerned.

“No one wants to underachieve but there are fine lines in football.

“We are progressively getting better in terms of performance.

“I have full faith in them.

“We have to climb again. It will turnaround.

“Most managers look to rip it up when you have lost three or four games. We will not.

“We are not looking to make dramatic changes within the squad. The skill is not to change the side.”

Town have scored just three goals in 450 minutes of action and fallen to 12th in Skrill North as well as crashing out of the FA Cup.

Weaver has told his goal-shy side they must find their shooting boots to revitalise the mood of the club’s supporters.

He said: “Every club goes through spells where you are not bagging them in.

“The players are frustrated that they haven’t finished teams off.

“I am frustrated for the supporters that we are getting efforts off the bar or cleared off the line. It’s come to a point where we have to deliver for them. The confidence levels on the ball are fantastic. It shows the tactics are working.

“Saturday was the best we have played in a year. Better than the North Ferriby win, and better than the Stockport win.

“We probably just need an ugly goal to set us off.”

Goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray is suspended for Saturday’s trip to struggling Gainsborough Trinity and Peter Crook is set to make his Town debut.

Dave Merris and Ashley Worsfold are also injury doubts.

Craig Nelthorpe faces a return to his former club and Weaver said the midfielder has been a revelation since joining the club.

“He is a greatly talented player,” Weaver said.

“Saturday was his best game for the club. He’s going from strength to strength and I know he is looking forward to going back.We certainly won’t underestimate them.”

Town held a public forum for fans last night, allowing fans to quiz Weaver on the side’s current form, and the three-point deduction.

The boss said he felt it was important for supporters to know him and his selection policy.

“I have never minded people approaching me and asking me a question,” he said.

“It’s a chance to see what we are like as people.

“It can break down barriers.”

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