Harrogate Town will not rush Andy Gascoigne return - Weaver

Andy Gascoigne became an instant fans' favourite at the CNG Stadium last season
Andy Gascoigne became an instant fans' favourite at the CNG Stadium last season
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Andy Gascoigne may have to wait for his chance in the Harrogate Town team but Simon Weaver confirmed the midfielder was at the forefront of plans for the season run-in.

Gascoigne returned to the CNG Stadium from his loan spell at Matlock Town this week and was on the bench in the 1-0 win at Stalybridge Celtic on Tuesday.

Gascoigne, right, will face competition for a starting place from ex-Sheffield FC teammate Warren Burrell who joined the CNG Stadium last month

Gascoigne, right, will face competition for a starting place from ex-Sheffield FC teammate Warren Burrell who joined the CNG Stadium last month

He did not score during his loan spell in the Peak District but Weaver has been impressed enough by his return to fitness.

After joining Town from Goole AFC midway through last season, Gascoigne made an instant impression for Weaver's side with five goals in six games.

However, he broke his leg in two places under a horror tackle against Chorley and has yet to force his way back into the Town first team since returning to full health.

Weaver said: “I went up to watch him against Darlington. He got on for the last 15 minute and nearly sneaked in behind three times to score.

“He has a part to play but it’s a gradual process. Not putting too much on him too soon.

“He looks fit and strong and he has that belief that when he gets forward he can score goals. It’s unnerving for the opponents that he can do that.”

Meanwhile, Weaver has extended the loan deal of Lincoln City defender Nat Brown for a further month.

Brown sustained a back spasm early in Tuesday’s win but he should be fit to face FC United of Manchester on Saturday.