Simon Weaver wants Harrogate Town to “send a message” to National League North by beating promotion rivals Spennymoor Town tomorrow.
The men from the CNG Stadium return to action after a two-week break with a visit to fourth-placed Spennymoor, a stern test of their fine away record of seven wins from eight.
The Town chief is well aware conditions and atmosphere greeting them at Brewery Field will be totally different to what his side are used to at home.
“It’s probably one of the toughest away games we’ll have this season,” he said.
“With passionate support and the momentum they gained from promotion, we know it’s going to be a very difficult test at Spennymoor.
“It’ll send a message if we can get a result and we can prove ourselves on the road again.
“It’ll be a battle against the conditions and a question of adapting but we want to stay faithful to what we’ve done well away from home.”
Town will call on largely the same personnel as they used in the 2-1 success over Alfreton that stopped a three-game winless run.
Ben Parker and Liam Agnew are both on the road to recovery but will not be available for the weekend.
Elsewhere, Bradford Park Avenue look to kick on from last week’s clinical 4-1 victory over Blyth Spartans when they head down to rock-bottom North Ferriby. Victory could see Avenue leap into the play-off places, with every point being crucial amongst an increasingly tight promotion pack.
Also lingering outside their league play-offs are Farsley Celtic and Ossett Town, as the Celts look to end their poor recent Evo-Stik League Premier run when they travel to Buxton, while Ossett Town entertain Colne.
Brighouse Town will travel to Radcliffe Borough to try and create further distance from relegation rivals Ossett Albion, who face a difficult trip to Hyde United.
Meanwhile, Tadcaster Albion will hope to replicate last week’s first-half performance against Bamber Bridge when they host fellow mid-tablers Clitheroe in tomorrow’s fixture.
Victory for Frickley Athletic could also see them leapfrog Evo-Stik South promotion rivals Corby Town who they face in a mouth-watering clash.
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Premier Division Pontefract travel to league rivals Hall Road Rangers who are on a seven-game unbeaten run, whilst Knaresbrough Town will try to overcome Northern League Division One promotion hopefuls North Shields.
League action, meanwhile, sees Pickering Town continue their charge towards the Premier Division top two when they take on Barton Town, while Liversedge travel to Maltby Main looking for a first win in five matches. Also on a poor run are Garforth Town, who entertain Bridlington Town tomorrow, but Harrogate Railway need all the points they can get, as they look to end a run of 10 straight defeats when they head to Albion Sports.
Elsewhere, Hemsworth Miners Welfare travel to Thackley looking to add to their opponents’ recent league struggles and continue their own league revival. Meanwhile, the race for automatic promotion in Division One continues to hot up, as Yorkshire Amateur look to maintain their narrow hold on second place when they visit Bolsover.
Selby Town, who will be encouraged by their strong county cup win over Bradford Park Avenue, also get the chance to test their play-off credentials in what could be a tough visit to recently rejuvenated Swallownest.
At the other end Nostell Miners Welfare face a pivotal match at bottom side Brigg Town, with Nostell in danger of falling level on points with the bottom side should their recent league run continue.
With their long, barren league run seemingly behind them AFC Emley travel to Rossington Main to try and prolong their mid-table opponents’ current losing streak.