Weaver believes Harrogate will make most of ‘free hit’ against the Mariners

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Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver has challenged his players to “have a really good go” against an “exceptional” Grimsby Town side in today’s FA Cup tie.

Weaver also admitted that the game, expected to draw a capacity crowd of 2,000 to Wetherby Road, is probably the most significant game of his managerial career.

Saturday’s 2-1 win against Lowestoft Town in National League North, courtesy of goals from Brendon Daniels and Jack Emmett, has left Weaver relishing the challenge against the Mariners.

“It is possibly the biggest game I’ve taken charge of,” said Weaver.

“There is no pressure on us really, it’s like a free hit for us against them. We can certainly have a good go against them.

“I would expect us to get at them straight away before they can settle.

“Obviously, it’s a massive challenge for us.

“We’ve had a look at videos of Grimsby and their players have got skill and are exceptional throughout the team, but all we can do is control the controllables and we’ll have a really good go at them.”

He added: “We can’t carry any passengers against Grimsby – they took Halifax Town to the cleaners recently, 7-0 – and are a very good side, but we won’t give them too much respect.

“The ground is likely to be up to capacity as the game is selling well with both sets of fans.

“Our fans were amazing at Lowestoft last weekend and, hopefully, they can suck the ball into the goal at the Kop end on Saturday.”

Weaver foresees no injury issues, despite Daniels and Dominic Knowles missing training.