Notts County v Harrogate Town: Sulphurites have earned right to be in play-off mix, insists Simon Weaver

SIMON WEAVER believes that Harrogate Town are a “massive outside bet” to finish inside the League Two play-off places, but says that his players are relishing the challenge of trying to get there.

The Sulphurites head to Notts County this Saturday 12th in the League Two standings and just four points shy of the top seven following Easter Monday’s 5-1 mauling of fellow promotion hopefuls Gillingham.

They suffered a massive drop off in form after seizing seventh place following a 1-0 home success over Colchester United in early February, failing to win any of the eight matches which followed.

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But comprehensive home triumphs over Bradford City and the Gills, either side of a useful draw at AFC Wimbledon, have brought Town right back into contention and they travel to Meadow Lane knowing that a victory could leave them just a point off the division’s final play-off berth.

BRING IT ON: Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver. Picture: Tony Johnson.BRING IT ON: Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver. Picture: Tony Johnson.
BRING IT ON: Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver. Picture: Tony Johnson.

And Weaver believes that his charges have earned the right to still have something left to play for with five games of the regular season remaining – and the chance to enjoy such an opportunity.

“We just want to fight until the last ball is kicked and still be in it,” he said. “That’s the important thing because I think that the group have deserved an opportunity this season to have taken it to the end.

"We’re only one place higher up after Monday, but it’s one point, and at this stage of the season that is huge for us, to be really in the fight.

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“We say ‘don't get too far ahead’, because you can easily seize up a bit, you know, in games of magnitude, but we're in a good position, and you've got to try and keep smiles on faces and just enjoying the moments and see where it takes us as we're still probably a massive outside bet.

“But, we can just continue to enjoy the games and extend these hopes and dreams, keep them alive. And so the longer we do that, the more it becomes interesting.”