Harrogate Town v Morecambe – Simon Weaver hoping extra time off gets the right results

After five consecutive weeks with a Tuesday night fixture to fulfil, Harrogate Town have been afforded something of a breather ahead of this afternoon’s League Two clash with Morecambe.

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

With no midweek game, Sulphurites boss Simon Weaver took the opportunity to give his players the chance to re-charge their batteries.

In addition to granting them their usual days off on Sunday and Wednesday, the Town manager also ordered his squad to put their feet up on Monday.

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“Saturday is a big game for us and we put the lads through a tough session on Tuesday. We were in Thursday and Friday as well, but I was glad to be able to give them a bit of a rest this week,” Weaver said.

“Some of them looked out on their feet at Forest Green in our last game. The fixture pile-up over the last month or so has just started to take its toll.

“We’ve been playing with good energy recently, but it was time to give the lads some extra time off. We’ve still got through some important work this week, however I feel it’s been important to try and give everyone chance to re-fill the tanks.”

Weaver’s willingness to allow his troops an extra day off stems from the positive response he has seen in the past when he’s let them have a rest.

“They get worked really hard when they’re in, however when they come back after a bit of a rest, you can see the juices are flowing. It is noticable.” he added.

“They tend to come back flying and, as a management team, we’ve never been kicked in the teeth after giving the lads an extra day off or a bit of a break.

“This is an honest group. They’ve always responded well in the past and I’m hoping we’ll be nice and fresh ahead of what is a difficult game.”

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