Weaver: stars won’t leave easily

hsb  Harrogate Town V Gloucester City. Craig MacGillivray.  (131214M5e)
hsb Harrogate Town V Gloucester City. Craig MacGillivray. (131214M5e)

Interested clubs for Harrogate Town’s top starlets must put in the ground work, insists boss Simon Weaver.

Goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray and midfielder Michael Woods have attracted scouts from several Football League clubs over the past six months.

But, with the transfer window reopening next week, Weaver insisted the club would do their best to keep hold of their key men.

MacGillivray joined Town in the summer of 2012 from Stalybridge Celtic before breaking into the first team later that season in place of Jose De Veiga.

He has kept 18 clean sheets since, and his performances have earned him rave reviews from his gaffer and the Town faithful.

Weaver said: “He has put in a lot of good back to back performances and he has been there in the big moments to dig us out.

“It’s up to other clubs to put in the work and see his talent.

“We have been fair and honest with him and not denied that he has the talent to play at a higher level.

“But if clubs want to sign him, they will need to approach us and the deal would have to be right.”

Former Chelsea and Leeds United academy product Woods has scored five goals in December after returning from injury.

And Weaver believes his star man could replicate FC Halifax Town playmaker Dan Gardner and be the leading light in a successful promotion bid.

“Woodsy knows he has to put 30 games in this season,” he said.

“He knows he has to build on what he has been doing. He has to put 10 games, then 15 games together.

“If he doesn’t, that will be the one thing managers will say when looking at him. How many back to back games?

“It will be up to other clubs if they want to put him in their team and make him the focal point.

“He’s a player you have to build your team around.

“That’s what we want to do.”

He added: “Both Woodsy and Craig enjoy being at the club. They are both playing games week in week out here and they are not in a rush to further their careers.

“If they are to go, they have to make sure they are going to the right environment like we have here.”

MacGillivray was denied a 19th clean-sheet on Saturday as Town’s strong form ended in a single goal defeat at struggling Worcestor City.

Ebby Nelson-Addy scored the game’s only goal after 12 minute, as Town failed to fire past former stopper Jose De Veiga. The defeat was Town’s first in five matches and left them eighth heading into Christmas.

Old adversaries Guiseley arrive at the CNG Stadium today for a hotly-contested Boxing Day clash (3pm).

In-form Guiseley rescued a point against Altrincham on Saturday as former Gavin Rothery hit a 90th minute equaliser to draw 2-2.

Steve Kittick’s ninth-placed men have been the form Skrill North side in December winning three out of four matches. They last tasted defeat on October 5.

Town will play the reverse at Nethemoor Park on New Year’s Day (3pm).

Betwixt those fixtures, Weaver’s men also head to mid-table Vauxhall Motors on Saturday, a side that held Town to a 1-1 draw at the CNG Stadium in August.

Motors are running a pay-what-you-want deal for fans on Saturday.