Harrogate Town v Mansfield Town: Simon Weaver keen for Sulphurites to hit overdue 'home run'

SIMON WEAVER insists that Harrogate Town have to get back on track at Wetherby Road, and wants his players to "excite" their supporters in the process.

The Sulphurites triumphed 2-1 at Colchester United at the weekend to record a third consecutive away victory, but have lost their last three home fixtures.

Unbeaten Mansfield are the visitors to the EnviroVent Stadium on Tuesday evening, and although they currently sit sixth in the League Two standings, Harrogate’s manager says three points has to be the aim.

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"What’s important about Tuesday is that we continue where we left off on Saturday, because it was a great win for us on the road,” he said.

HOME COMFORTS: Harrogate Town boss, Simon Weaver. Picture: Bruce RollinsonHOME COMFORTS: Harrogate Town boss, Simon Weaver. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
HOME COMFORTS: Harrogate Town boss, Simon Weaver. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

"But now we need to set the record straight at home, regardless of the opposition. Another away win alleviates the pressure and we now come back home, and what we want to do is excite the crowd.

"We know, and the fans know, that it’s a huge challenge against a side who are on a good run home and away with an experienced line-up and experienced manager.

"We are excited about a night game under the floodlights, we want to get on a good run at home to carry the support with us, but we have to execute the plan better against top opposition than we did against Stockport last time we played here.

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"We didn’t let ourselves down performance-wise, but this is another chance to pitch ourselves against a top opponent, who will probably expect to be in the promotion mix come the end of the season.

"So if we can pull it off then I am sure that the roof will lift off.”

Town, who head into Tuesday’s fixture 14th in the table, confirmed on Monday that out-of-favour former Rotherham United defender Joe Mattock has joined National League Hartlepool United on a one-month loan deal.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​