Harrogate Town loan York City defender Tom Allan

York City's Tom Allan

Harrogate Town have brought in York City defender Tom Allan on a month’s loan to ease their defensive problems.

Allan has made four substitute appearances and one start since progressing through City’s youth ranks.

The 19-year-old defender will slot straight into Town’s team for Saturday’s trip to lowly Workington.

He made his full York City debut in a 2-0 win at Northampton Town in April,

But the youngster has struggled to find his way into Nigel Worthington’s squad

Town have been reduced to two fully fit defenders in their last two matches, both against Skrill North rivals Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Trophy third qualifying round.

The injuries culminated in Town losing 4-0 to BPA in the cup replay on Monday night, having drawn the first tie 1-1 at the CNG Stadium on Saturday.

Boss Simon Weaver said on Wednesday that first choice defenders Shane Killock and Leigh Franks were major doubts for the weekend.

Weaver told the Harrogate Advertiser he had spent Tuesday and Wednesday phoning “all his contacts in the game” to secure a loan signing in time for Saturday.

He said: “We are struggling big time with injuries. Obviously the areas we need covering are at the back, especially centre back.

“I think Shane will be very much touch and go. I don’t want to rush him back after we rushed Leigh Franks back on Saturday and he got injured again.

“I think they will both by missing.

“I’m hoping to bring in 19 or 20-year-old lads that are hungry and are needing games.

“There might be one or two that come available from League or Conference clubs.”

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