Roar town into play-off mix

hsb  Harrogate Town v Altrincham. Michael Woods.  (131207M3c)
hsb Harrogate Town v Altrincham. Michael Woods. (131207M3c)

Manager Simon Weaver says Harrogate Town will put on a feast of entertainment if the town comes out in force to roar his charges into the play-off zone.

Town boasted six points from their two crunch ties against promotion rivals Altrincham and Hednesford Town this week, as Weaver’s attack clicked into gear.

Town made the perfect response to Weaver’s call for an onslaught last week as Altrincham were blown away in the first 20 minutes.

Michael Woods’ brace and Ashley Worsfold’s strike earned Town a 3-2 win (full report page 83).

Former league leaders Hednesford were then castled 3-1 on Tuesday night, as goals from Liam Hardy, Chris Hall and Cleveland Taylor led a second-half fightback.

Town have offered cut-price tickets for Saturday’s clash against Gloucester City, with adult tickets just £1 and under 18’s free.

And the gaffer is expecting more than 1,500 supporters to flock to the CNG Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

“We are now chasing down the leaders and we are hoping for a great crowd that can drive us on,” said Weaver.

“If we can push towards 2,000, it would be unbelievable.

“We have a way of playing that we want to be known for. We want it to be appealing for the people that come to watch.”

Town trailed Hednesford 1-0 at half-time, before the stunning second-half fightback grabbed all three points.

“We underachieved in the first-half, and we called the shots in the dressing room,” added the gaffer.

“Second-half we shortened our passing and had the threat behind. Credit to the strikers, they have taken stick but they stuck to it and now their goals are flowing.

“We would have taken four points from both games, having six has taken us to new heights this season.”

Weaver has a full squad to pick from when lowly Gloucester visit, with Anton Brown returning from an injury niggle.

But the gaffer insisted his side won’t take their opponents lightly after the relegation battlers also stunned Hednesford and Altrincham last week.

Town have now won six of their last seven matches and have risen to eighth in Skrill North, three points away from the play-offs.

And Weaver said his in-from men would aim to reach the top five before Christmas.

“It’s been a great run,” he added.

“We are the second top scorers in the league, that justifies the faith we have put in the lads.

“We are buzzing, but I am sure Gloucester are too.

“It’s going to be another hard game.

“But we are at home, and we have to concentrate on our home games.

“We are much better when we play to our strengths.”