Weaver hails Woods but wants a Town ‘assassin’

NADV 1304237AM11 H'gate Town V Guiseley. (1304237AM11)
NADV 1304237AM11 H'gate Town V Guiseley. (1304237AM11)

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver hailed Michael Woods’ impressive displays this week and urged the midfielder to take the club to the next level.

Woods scooped the man of the man award twice as FC Halifax Town grabbed a 1-1 draw on Thursday and Guiseley snatched a late 2-1 win on Tuesday.

“He makes managing a joy,” said Weaver. “I will do anything in my powers to make him stay with me.

“Ginger-haired people have to stick together.”

Sixth-placed Town also battled to a goalless draw against Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday after goal-keeper Jose De Veiga saw red on 10 minutes, meaning defender Matt Bloomer took over the gloves.

They are now out of the play-off race, eight points behind FC Halifax.

Weaver struggled to believe his side had ended the week without a win after carving out several glorious chances.

But the gaffer admitted they have to improve their cutting edge in Saturday’s final Blue Square North game at Vauxhall.

“I don’t know what more you can control as a manager,” he said.

“You get frustrated as a manager when you are not creating things. But we are.

“We need a couple of assassins in the team that go bang see you later. We have to be cooler in front of goal.

“We will play the same way at Vauxhall. It’ll be relatively the same team but I hope we put our shooting boots on.”

Town carved second-placed Guiseley open regularly but the rivals struck late to claim the bragging rights.

Woods opened the scoring after six minutes with a steered header but the midfielder missed several good chances, before skewing a last minute penalty to equalise.

Scouts from several league clubs watched the match at the CNG, likely with an eye on ‘keeper Craig MacGillivray and Woods.

Weaver said: “I’ve never been so upset at losing a game.We passed it better than Conference North standard. Everyone played well.

“They didn’t create anything and we got beat.

“You are going to expect scouts. It’s a feather in mine and Macca’s (John McDermott) cap if people do move on. We have given them the platform and the game plan for them to impress.”

With the season winding down, Weaver admitted a couple of players had played their way into next season’s squad.

The boss has already started looking around at possible arrivals, with Solihull Moors hat-trick hero Omar Bogle heavily linked.

Weaver said: “We have got a list of targets. We want to go to the next level.

“There’s a couple of players that have done themselves the world of good the last couple of games. The penny has dropped and people are understanding their roles.

“We don’t want to rip it all up but we need more goals in the team from all areas.

“From a purely selfish point of view, I want a track record. Personally I want a promotion on my CV and I want to get numbers through the door by playing exciting football.”

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