Skrill North: Harrogate Town seek to punish Colwyn Bay

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Simon Weaver has told his Harrogate Town players to “do the business” for the fans when Colwyn Bay arrive at the CNG Stadium on Saturday.

Colwyn, managed by former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair, have enjoyed a stranglehold over Town this season and have beat them twice in North Wales.

Having knocked Town out of the FA Cup 1-0 in November, the mid-table outfit stole a three points in the Skrill North last month 2-1.

Weaver said: “Both games we have got the better of them in terms of possession.

“But we haven’t punished them with the chances we have created. We will be hoping to learn from those two defeats.

“Frank Sinclair gets them organised. They are a hard team to unlock.

“We have to make sure we do the business this time around. It’s the least the supporters deserve.”

Town dropped to fifth in Skrill North after a 0-0 draw in the Yorkshire derby at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.

It was the tenth time in 17 away trips this season that Town failed to gain three points but Weaver insisted it was a point gained rather than two lost.

Leigh Franks pulled up injured in the second-half after a recurrence of a knee problem and is likely to miss a large part of the season run-in.

Captain Shane Killock should be fit to return against Colwyn but Steve Mallory, who came on as a substitute against his former club to replace Franks, could also be handed a starting berth.

Weaver also hinted Conor Sellars could return to the starting fold after impressing off the bench against BPA.

The boss said: “It was a good point against tricky opposition that always try and prove a point against us.

“The pitch has to be the worst we have played on this year. You didn’t know which way the ball was bouncing.

“We were looking dangerous. Unfortunately we couldn’t find the finishing touch.

“The important thing was we didn’t lose.”

Town have extended Sheffield United youngster Joe Ironside’s loan until the end of the season after holding off interest from Conference outfit Hyde.

Striker Liam Hardy has also prolonged his stay at Evo-Stik Northern Premier side Buxton.

Meantime, Town will hold discussions with Corby Town this week over on loan winger Cleveland Taylor’s future.

Despite Saturday’s draw, Town remained in the play-off zone thanks to Brackley Town’s shock 3-1 defeat at Gloucester City on Tuesday night.

Weaver watched potential play-off contenders Guiseley beat Stalybridge Celtic in midweek.

Afterwards the gafer said the Yorkshire rivals were likely to end in the top five spots.

But the gaffer refused to rule out Solihull Moors’ challenge, despite the eighth-placed outfit slipping three points out of the race.

Weaver said: “I would expect Guiseley to finish in the play-offs.

“With their knowledge of the play-offs in the last few years I would be surprised if they didn’t.

“If we aim to win all out games, we will be in there too.”