Harrogate Town v Grimsby Town – Weaver close to introducing squad rotation policy

As reluctant as he always is to change a winning team, Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver says that he may have to consider rotating his squad in the not-too-distant future.

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

The club is three games in to a gruelling run of eight fixtures in the space of only 26 days and, having seen his playing group decimated by injuries earlier this winter, the Sulphurites chief is determined to avoid a repeat of the situation which saw tired bodies picking up muscle damage because there were not sufficient opportunities to rest.

Town have won four of their last six League Two outings and sank Mansfield in midweek, but Weaver has revealed that he may have to freshen things up ahead of Saturday’s visit of Grimsby.

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“We have got decisions to make and we have to think seriously about squad rotation,” he said.

“It’s difficult because of the way we’ve worked over the years where you keep your shirt if you play well.

“Some clubs have blood tests which tell if someone is fatigued, but nobody wants to hold their hand up and say ‘I’m shattered’, but I’m sure some of them are.

“So, we have to think seriously about it. We don’t want to be walking into injuries again because people are pulling muscles because they are tired.

“We’ll have to have honest chats with the players, but some of them will be refreshed anyway having only played 55, 60, 70 minutes (against Mansfield).”

Grimsby head to North Yorkshire 23rd in the League Two standings having won just one of their last 10 matches.

But, that much-needed success did come against Crawley last time out.

“We know it’s going to be a hard game. Grimsby have just had a great win and anybody can beat anybody in this league,” Weaver added.

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