Harrogate Town to fight for Craig MacGillivray value

Harrogate Town's manager Simon Weaver
Harrogate Town's manager Simon Weaver

Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver says the club won’t block advances for ‘special’ goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray.

But the gaffer insists Town will get the price they want for their prized asset.

Nine-man Town ended the season with a dramatic 1-0 win at Vauxhall on Saturday, thanks to Danny Forrest’s late strike.

It secured Weaver’s side sixth place in Blue Square North, a record high under his stewardship.

MacGillivray was stretchered off with five minutes left and taken to hospital by ambulance.

But doctors later told him he had only sustained deep bruising to the shin and he is now walking with one crutch.

Weaver said: “He was knocked for six. When I saw an ambulance with Craig in the back my heart sank. I couldn’t believe it had happened.

“I thought ‘We can’t end the season on this’. It put a real dampener on it.

“When I heard he was OK from the physio I could enjoy the win.”

It was a sour end for MacGillivray in what could be his last match for Town, with several league clubs monitoring his progress.

Weaver added: “When he arrived I looked at him and thought he was something special. We had the courage and conviction to stick him in. He’s a top talent.

“We’ve had clubs looking at him but it’s up to them to make the move. We won’t block the guy.

“We value him highly here. If a Championship club comes in I am sure they will respect our valuation.”

Michael Woods also ended the game on the sidelines after being sent off in added time for shoving a Vauxhall player in the face.

Weaver said: “The guy grabbed Woodsy by the scruff of the neck. Most of us would try to palm him off.

“Unfortunately, these days when you palm someone off, you are the guilty party. “He’s a young lad and he’ll learn like the rest of us.”

Woods admitted he was open to full time offers but manager Weaver hopes he will stay.

The gaffer said: “Both lads have always said how they like playing at Harrogate Town.

“Craig’s got a chance of a great club but Woods needs to bang out 35 games in a season.

“They are at different stages but they are both capable of playing higher football.”

Weaver intends to sit down with players on Monday to discuss their future.

He said: “We have a clearer picture now to who is staying than we did. We have an idea of who can drive us forward and keep us competitive.”

Weaver remained positive despite admitting his frustrations at having to watch the Blue Square North play-offs from afar.

He said: “When you finish only five points short it shows we have come on.

“But we have missed the play-offs because we have missed too many chances.

“It hasn’t gone our way in the last few weeks.

“We haven’t scored enough goals per the chances we have had.

“But we have set our stall out and passed the ball, even on different pitches.

“We can be proud of what we stand for.”

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