Harrogate Town v Colchester United - Learning curve continues for Town

Football League new boys Harrogate Town took some harsh lessons from October’s trip to Colchester United, but manager Simon Weaver is confident they will show they have learnt from them in tonight’s reverse fixture.

Connor Hall: Back in the Harrogate team after recovering from a hamstring injury. (Picture: PA)

Town played well at Layer Road, but lost 2-1. It was similar on Saturday as their three-match winning streak ended with a 1-0 loss at Stevenage, but Weaver is not expecting the same hangover.

“It was a great performance without sticking the ball in the net,” said Weaver of Colchester. “There were two little instances where we could have defended better. 

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“The hangover was too protracted and it affected us for the next few weeks. We’ve got to take the merits and positives from just the performance, move on quickly and still learn and concentrate throughout games.”

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver (Picture: PA)

Weaver, who welcomes Connor Hall back after a hamstring injury, was therefore not dwelling on events at Broadhall Way. “Immediately after we said we have to dust ourselves down,” he revealed.

“For large parts we passed the ball really well, created chances and restricted them to very few opportunities. We had 60 per cent possession so I couldn’t really have a real go at the players.”

Weaver’s increased confidence comes partly from his January signings, and he thinks they should ensure no complacency at home to opponents with one win in 16 games. “We’ve got a good, strong squad and can make changes if anyone took it easy,” he warned. “It can be a ruthless level and we’ve got to show our ruthless side.”

Last six games: Harrogate Town LWWWLW; Colchester United LWLLLDD

Referee: S Mather (Atherton)

Last time: First meeting.

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