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Town need to play - Weaver

1st December 2012.
Harrogate Town v Hastings United FA Cup 2nd Round Proper.
Pictured Harrogate Town's manager Simon Weaver
Picture by Gerard Binks.

1st December 2012. Harrogate Town v Hastings United FA Cup 2nd Round Proper. Pictured Harrogate Town's manager Simon Weaver Picture by Gerard Binks.

Harrogate Town will attempt to shift focus to the football this week, after 18 days without a match.

Tuesday night’s ‘home’ match against Workington at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium was postponed as groundsmen could not shift snow off the pitch covers due to a lack of space to accommodate it.

Town’s last outing was a 2-1 win at Boston United on January 8, and the club are desperate to get Saturday’s 3pm Blue Square North kick-off at Solihull Moors played.

Manager Simon Weaver said: “Everyone at the club is working their socks off to try and get games played.

“The longer it goes on, the more it will cost the club.

“We are all working to get the best deal for supporters.

“The Workington decision was disappointing, we have not played in a long time now.”

Now, the focus turns to football.

The boss said: “Solihull is always a tough place to go.
“They have strong characters down the core of their team.

“They are unbeaten in five matches, but these are the sort of games we have to win.”

The Workington match will now be played on February 6.

It is hoped weather will allow this Tuesday’s 7.45pm kick-off at the Keepmoat, against Corby Town, to go ahead.

Weaver said: “We want the players to benefit from playing at the big stadium.

“I grew up down there and made my debut at the old Bellview Park.

“It could give them a lift, it will certainly give me a lift.

“Corby have strengthened at the back, it will be tough but if we get six points from the next eight we are right in there.

“We have done well in the FA Cup, and want to make the season memorable by grabbing that last play-off spot.

“The lads asked me if I was going to name my new baby ‘play-off place’, because I mention it so much!”

The club spent last week completing banding work on the Wetherby Road pitch, raising hopes that football could be played there for the first time this year.

Head of Youth Development Garry Plant revealed: “Before the snow arrived, we were out there doing the work.

“Theoretically, when the snow goes we should be able to play football.”

Meantime, on-loan Leeds United defender Lewis Turner has left Town to join league leaders Chester.

Tonight (Thursday, 7pm) sees the first meeting of the Harrogate Town Supporters Club, at Wetherby Road.

Weaver said: “It will be good for people to get together and talk about the club.”

 

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