Under-pressure Town steeled for huge Easter

Date:31st March 2012.'Harrogate Town v Worcester City. Pictured Harrogate Town's Paul Brayson, gets infront of Worcester City's Jacob Rowe.
Date:31st March 2012.'Harrogate Town v Worcester City. Pictured Harrogate Town's Paul Brayson, gets infront of Worcester City's Jacob Rowe.

HARROGATE Town can go a long way to confirming their survival in the Blue Square North league with two positive results over the Easter weekend.

A trip to Boston United awaits tomorrow ahead of Monday’s must-win at home to second bottom Blyth Spartans (both 3pm kick-offs).

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Worcester City was a severe kick in the teeth for boss Simon Weaver especially after hearing Vauxhall Motors and Hinckley won their respective fixtures.

Alex Meechan’s goal at Droylsden led to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night however, which increased the gap to two points.

It’s all heating up for Weaver’s men with just five games remaining in the season.

Wetherby Road assistant John McDermott praised his side for their Droylsden display, which ended a run of three straight defeats.

“It’s filled the lads with more confidence going to Boston,” he said.

“They feel they can go there now and get a result.

“We’ve just got to work hard, that’s the way we’ll pick up points. It’s an important weekend for us and we need the points.”

The Spartans clash really is a must-win for Weaver’s troops.

Former Town players Wayne Phillips and Graeme Armstrong will be looking to put one over Harrogate, in their penultimate home game of the season.

“They’ve picked up some results lately, maybe it’s because the pressure is off as they know their fate,” continued McDermott.

“Wayne and Graeme are good players, they’ll have something to prove when they come back here and they’ve got an experienced manager.

“It will be a really tough game.”

McDermott, meanwhile, bemoaned Town’s desperately poor luck on the treatment table this season.

Defender Richard Pell is the latest casualty after picking up a hamstring injury against The Bloods.

Chib Chilaka, who was subbed in the first half against Worcester on Saturday, is fighting for a starting place after missing the Droylsden clash.

“I don’t think there’s one team in the league who’s had the same injury problem as us,” added McDermott.

“The public can blame the management team for the selection but we’ve had no choice.

“We’ve had to change it around and play players in different positions.

“Some of those coming back from long term injury, we’ve had to name in the starting 11 while other teams could probably name them on the bench.

“We’ve had 12 players injured at the same time, it doesn’t matter if you’re Mourinho, it’s still going to cause a problem.”

Two goals either side of half-time undid Town on Saturday.

They had chances to get back into the match but squandered them. One highlight was the return of midfielder Adam Nowakowski.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday Meechan’s early strike put Town into a deserved lead.

Paul Beesley had a chance to make it 2-0 and a stone wall penalty for handball was turned down as Weaver’s men dominated.

But the home side equalised via a penalty given for a tug by Nowakowski on Warren Peyton and held on for a point.

“We were pleased with the players, they really worked hard,” added McDermott.

“But again our finishing let us down.”