Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver urged his troops to attack promotion rivals FC Halifax Town in their fiercely anticipated derby on Saturday (3pm).
Weaver’s team returned to the Blue Square North play-offs on Tuesday night after beating lowly Bishop’s Stortford 2-0, thanks to goals from Danny Forrest and Chib Chilaka.
It was Town’s second 2-0 win of the week after strikes from Dominic Knowles and Adam Bolder saw off Corby Town away on Saturday.
The Halifax tie will be the second time in three weeks Town have come up against former boss Neil Aspin, after a backs-to-the-wall 2-1 win at The Shay.
Bolder will miss the match through suspension after picking up 10 yellow cards this season.
Weaver wants his side to carry their momentum and play without fear at the CNG.
“The fact that we have taken three points off them means it is a free hit,” he said.
“We can have freedom and have a go at them. It’s not about being cagey.
“Adam’s a miss for us and he is one of those that gets the lads going in the changing rooms.
“But Adam Nowakowski and Paul Bolland are two of the form players. It’ll be an opportunity for others too.”
Town return to their travels on Wednesday night when they head to 12th-placed Solihull Moors.
Weaver’s squad were battered 5-1 in the corresponding fixture last season and the boss wants a battle-hardened performance this time.
He said: “They are a big physical team and last year we got dumped. We found out some players weren’t up for it but now we have lads who motivate themselves.
“We have to enjoy the away games and have a siege mentality.”
Weaver was proud of his team’s rearguard in the Corby and Bishops victories.
“Back to back clean sheets is what I’ve been asking for,” he said.
“We were able to close the space down. We defended the balls into the box well.
Tom Platt missed Tuesday’s match on the request of parent club York City and he has since returned to Bootham Crescent.
The midfielder has struck 13 goals in his three spells for Town and Weaver wished him well in the future.
He said: “He’s a great lad, a great player and you want the best for him.
“York have helped us and you have to reciprocate that.”