Non-league football: Top-three Town refuse to take anything for granted

Harrogate Town's Ashley Worsfold.
Harrogate Town's Ashley Worsfold.
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THE Skrill NORTH table may make a pleasant sight for Harrogate Town fans, but Simon Weaver is warning against the dangers of altitude sickness.

A fine 3-1 midweek triumph at play-off rivals Altrincham, achieved thanks to goals from Ashley Worsfold, Chris Hall and Craig Nelthorpe, hoisted Town to third spot, but they are not planning on getting giddy.

It maintained Town’s impressive recent run against the sides at the top end of the table, but boss Weaver – whose troops have lost just once in their past 12 outings – admits his side need to start measuring up against some of the others, starting tomorrow at Bradford Park Avenue.

Weaver said: “It’s the first time we have been in the top three all year. But while it’s a nice feeling to have, we won’t be taking it for granted and we move on now and don’t get carried away about it.

“We have a tough game on Saturday, no doubt about it.

“Against the top teams, we’ve apparently gained 26 points out of 33, which is a great statistic. It shows we have the ability against anyone, but we’ve got to make sure we drive that home now against mid-table teams and ones who are scraping.”

Tomorrow’s clash at the Horsfall Stadium is the fifth match-up between Town and John Deacey’s Avenue this term, with the record currently standing at one win each and two draws.

On the derby encounter, Weaver added: “They have players who will try to prove a point who used to play for us and it’s always a tough ground to go to as it’s so open.”

Defender Shane Killock is still out, while Chris Hall will be assessed after he struggled late on at Altrincham.

Town’s win at Alty did tenth-placed Guiseley a favour, with the Lions now just six points behind the Robins, occupying the last play-off spot, with a game in hand.

Mark Bower’s side are at Edgeley Park tomorrow for the second leg of a quick-fire double-header with Stockport County, having beaten the Hatters 2-0 at Nethermoor on Tuesday, courtesy of goals from.

The trip to the former league ground is a marquee one for his side, according to Bower and none more so than ex-County player Oli Johnson.

Bower said: “It will just feel like you are playing a League One or League Two game. Even though they haven’t set the world on fire, their fans have stuck by them and it’s a good atmosphere. It’s not too long ago they were a Championship side.

“It will be nice to play at a more established Football League ground and hopefully the players will thrive on that and produce another performance.

“Oli obviously had a good spell at Stockport and moved into the Championship with Norwich from there and I am sure he will keen to make some impact in the game on Saturday, if he has picked.”

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