Harrogate Town v Oldham Athletic - Wembley places up for grabs

A BOYHOOD Sheffield Wednesday fan, Simon Weaver knows how cruel the final day of the season can sometimes be.

The Owls were famously relegated on goal difference from the top flight behind Luton Town after dropping into the relegation zone on the last day of the 1989-90 campaign – and it was a moment the Harrogate Town chief still recalls with soreness.

It is one of the reasons why Harrogate’s safety-securing weekend win over Bradford City – a first in eight games – was greeted with relief by Weaver.

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Not that his side will be metaphorically ‘on the beach’ during their remaining league fixtures.

Relieved: Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver.

Places for their delayed FA Trophy final against Concord Rangers at Wembley Stadium on May 3 are also up for grabs as well, of course.

Weaver said: “Being mathematically safe should relieve the pressure a little bit.

“Because you would be naive not to look at the table and think: ‘well, if they win five on the bounce’ which can happen.

“It is a crazy league. Grimsby beat Bolton and at half-time (on Saturday), I thought: ‘Do not be one of those stories where a disastrous run leads to relegation and an unbelievable run from one of the bottom teams down there all season suddenly sees them survive on the last day.’

“We have seen it and I have supported a team that went down in those circumstances. Football can be ruthless.

“We are now safe, but there will not be any let-up.

“People are playing for places at Wembley and we will make sure that we take everything into consideration after all these performances.”

Last six games: Harrogate LDLLDW; Oldham WLLWWL.

Referee: C Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Last time: The two teams have never played in Harrogate.

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