Harrogate Town v Cambridge United - Simon Weaver eyes changes with Wembley on horizon

Simon Weaver plans to rotate his Harrogate Town squad for Friday night’s League Two showdown with title-chasing Cambridge United.

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

The U’s visit North Yorkshire second in the table and requiring a point to wrap up automatic promotion to the third tier.

By contrast, the 17th-placed Sulphurites have little to play for with their EFL status already secured following promotion and also have the small matter of Monday’s 2019/20 FA Trophy final to consider.

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Thus, Weaver intends to use Town’s final home fixture of the campaign to provide some of the players on the fringes of his group with a chance to stake their claim for a place in his Wembley line-up, and to prove that they are worth keeping around next term.

“We’ll be giving some lads a go on Friday night, we will be rotating things and there will be a few changes to the team, that’s for certain,” the Harrogate chief said.

“We don’t want to get to the end of the season and there being lads in the squad who haven’t had a chance.

“There are players who have been waiting in the wings very patiently, but training well. There is nobody here at the club who we aren’t prepared to put our faith in.

“It will be an opportunity that they definitely need to try and take with both hands.

“Time is running out this season, there will only be two games left after Friday, so lads have got to step up.

“We will leave it until after the season is finished to sit down with all the players who are out of contract this summer for individual chats about their future and we’ve got to see enough from everyone to make us think that they can continue to develop further,” added Weaver.