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Harrogate still have playoff hope

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Words by Richard Scott

Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver believes his side are still in the hunt for the playoffs in the Vanarama National League North.

The Yorkshire side sit in 9th in the league table and are 6 points behind their Yorkshire rivals Halifax Town, who occupy the final playoffs spot.

With Chorley, Salford City and Stockport County all dropping points at the weekend Weaver believes his side can still get into the all-important top five.

He said: “Each week we try and step up and narrow that gap between us and the top spots, which is where we all want to be. It has been some turnaround if we end up in the playoffs.

“But all we can do is apply ourselves with the same energy and application as we did on Saturday and the lads deserve credit for the way they bounced back these last two weeks after the Gainsborough Trinity game.”

Their latest result was a 3-0 victory over Worcester City at the weekend meaning Town have recorded back to back 3-0 victories having seen off Boston United by the same scoreline at the Jakeman stadium last week.

“I said to the lads at half that we were on it for 40 minutes, we let them play for the first five minutes in front of us,” he said.

“Maybe we were feeling our way into the game. But after that we were narrow and we reduced them to very few chances.

“Danny Ellis and Luke Shield will play a massive part in that and at the interval I said we look at a strong team, it gave us a good platform and that physical strength.”

While at the other end of the pitch the former Lincoln City defender was in praise of his forwards efforts on Saturday.

“You don’t see Simon Angie type up front anymore as a target man,” Weaver told the Harrogate Town YouTube account. “He is physically aggressive and he took to it quite well like a duck to water with another well-taken goal, a well-timed run.

“Alongside him Louis Swain, he has got back to back goals and they are starting to create a good understanding between the two of them.”

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