Exeter City v Harrogate Town – Plans to strengthen on hold for Suplhurites

Harrogate Town are making plans to reinforce their squad in January but have four League Two matches to negotiate first, starting with a trip to Exeter City.

FRUSTRATION: Harrogate Town's Connor Hall. Picture: Tony Johnson

The Sulphurites have lost seven of their last 10 games and a small squad is feeling the rigours of its maiden Football League season.

There are reports that former Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back Ed Francis has agreed a deal until the end of the campaign after terminating his Molineux contract, and manager Simon Weaver has been open about looking to add bodies when the transfer window opens in the new year.

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Defence is bound to be the focus.

Harrogate Town's manager Simon Weaver. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA

Since the low point of conceding nine goals to Scunthorpe United and League One Blackpool, Town’s last two defeats have been by 1-0 margins, but still Connor Hall feels they have been caught out.

Of Aaron Wildig’s goal for Morecambe on Saturday, he said: “They had a passage of play that we could have dealt with a lot better, slowed the game down, to enable us to get back on the attack before they went and stuck it in the back of our net.

“They then sat so deep with their 1-0 lead, got everyone behind the ball and it was hard to break them down.”

Francis also spent time in Manchester City’s youth system but the 21-year-old’s only senior football has been on loan in the Dutch second division.

Last six games: Exeter City WLLWWW Harrogate Town LLLLWL

Referee: L Swabey (Devon)

Last time: First meeting.

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