Weaver hails attractive Harrogate Town ahead of FC Halifax Town and Hull City friendlies

hsb  Harrogate Town V Gloucester City. Simon Weaver.  (131214M5d)
hsb Harrogate Town V Gloucester City. Simon Weaver. (131214M5d)

Simon Weaver believes Harrogate Town will be pleasing on the eye this season, after already seeing signs of his new front-line clicking during pre-season.

Town’s manager has strengthened his striking options with Altrincham’s James Walshaw and North Ferriby United’s Ryan Kendall ahead of a promotion challenge in Conference North this season.

The duo teamed up with retained Town striker Ashley Worsfold in the opening pre-season friendlies against Leeds United and Grimsby Town this week.

Former Tamworth player Lloyd Kerry, who signed a two-year deal at Town when signing, has adopted a role behind the ‘three amigos’ up front, and Weaver said his form will be as critical in the early parts of the season.

“It’s an attacking line-up with that front four,” he said.

“They have all shown good combination play and good movement.

“We are far from a rigid team.”

Grimsby beat Town 2-0 in Tuesday evening’s contest, but the yellow and blacks had an early goal disallowed.

Weaver said: “It was not a typical pre-season friendly. The referee was very lenient with the challenges.

“It was properly played at a league tempo, and I was really proud of the lads.

“In the first half an hour, you could see the lads could play at a high tempo and we created three great chances to score. That’s very positive for attacking play.”

Ex-Town manager Neil Aspin will bring his Conference Premier side FC Halifax Town to the CNG Stadium on Saturday, before Hull City arrive on Monday evening.

Aspin’s Blues will present a stiff exercise after making the play-offs in the Skrill Conference last season. However, Town did beat them on their way to the 2013/14 West Riding County Cup final.

Hull, last season’s FA Cup runners-up, have promised Town that a strong team will come to Harrogate, with a mix of first team and youth players.

Captain Shane Killock and right-back Lewis Turner are injury concerns.

Weaver anticipates two difficult contests that will prepare his side perfectly for the demands of hitting the ground running in August.

He said: “You learn more if you can test yourselves against opposition from higher above.

“Years before we played teams and it was a nice relaxing game. We want games where there are tackles flying in.

“It’s far from a pre-season tempo at the moment. It’s about making sure we can compete at our level, and compete well.

“The players have taken everything in their stride so far. Everyone is just trying to build up their fitness.”