Belief in Harrogate Town camp is growing with every victory, admits Connor Hall

With each victory, the belief in the Harrogate Town camp that they can go on and clinch the National League title grows.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 5:55 am
Harrogate Town's Connor Hall.

The Wetherby Road outfit host Wrexham tomorrow, and currently sit second in the table having won six games on the spin, conceding just one goal in the process.

The form of Connor Hall has been key to this fine run, the big centre-half excelling at the back as well as scoring decisive goals in the recent triumphs over Maidenhead United and 
Ebbsfleet United.

And, with his team just three points shy of leaders Barrow, Hall has revealed that the Town players’ confidence has swelled in recent weeks.

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“We always believed that we were good enough to challenge, but we’ve got ourselves into a great position. The league table speaks for itself,” he said.

“After the last few matches there has been real excitement in the dressing room because we’ve won another one and we’re that little bit closer to where we want to be.

“The confidence is growing with each win, the belief is definitely there.

“We’re unbeaten against all the top teams away from home and we’ve got them all to play again at our place, including Barrow.

“We can’t look too far ahead, however. It’s important that we stay grounded, keep doing the basics right and just try and keep this momentum going.”

While five consecutive clean sheets have certainly played their part in Town’s winning streak, Hall is of the opinion that the team has been performing better all over the park and not just in the defensive third.

Meanwhile, FC Halifax Town boss Pete Wild is expecting a “war of attrition” at bottom-side Chorley tomorrow.

The Shaymen go into the game with three wins and two draws from their last five matches, while Chorley, who have won only four league games all season, are without a win in nine.

Wild said: “We’re up to full strength, and we’re really looking forward to the game, but I’m under no illusions that we’re in for a tough encounter on Saturday.

“I think it’s going to be a war of attrition, we’re going to come up against a tough pitch and a team that really wants to do well. They’ve brought four new lads in, two of them experienced.”


PONTEFRACT COLLIERIES will look to close in on the BetVictor League North West Division top three with victory at basement-side Pickering Town tomorrow.

Pontefract sit in fourth place – eight points behind leaders Workington but with four games in hand. Pickering are presently four points from safety but did earn a creditable 2-2 draw at Clitheroe last time out.

Fifth-placed Tadcaster Albion will also be looking to gain maximum points from their trip to next-to-bottom Kendal Town tomorrow.

Elsewhere in the division, 12th-placed Brighouse Town travel to Marine and 17th-placed Ossett United play at Runcorn Linnetts.

In the South East Division, fifth-placed Frickley Athletic make the trip to Loughborough Dynamo.

Third-placed Liversedge could move top of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division if they defeat Handsworth at home tomorrow and leaders Penistone Church slip up against Grimsby Borough.

Fourth-placed Hemsworth MW travel to next-to-bottom Bottesford Town, seventh-placed Yorkshire Amateur host AFC Mansfield, ninth-placed Garforth Town entertain Bridlington Town and fourth-from-bottom Knaresborough Town play at Silsden.

The game of the day in Division One sees fourth-placed Selby Town host ninth-placed Nostell MW.