Stevenage v Harrogate Town – Narrow wins sign of strong mentality, argues Simon Weaver

Simon Weaver doesn’t mind if Harrogate Town keep edging games 1-0, but admits that his players scoring more goals would save him some anxiety on the sidelines.

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

The Sulphurites head to Stevenage this afternoon just four points off a play-off spot having won six of their last eight League Two outings.

And, their previous four victories have all come courtesy of them scoring the only goal in each game.

Asked if he was concerned that his team are not killing opponents off and giving themselves some breathing space, he replied: “I’m not bothered at all.

“I’m just delighted when the final whistle sounds, obviously it would be good for the heart and general health if it was by more of a cushion than a slender margin like 1-0, but I think hopefully it is a sign of a team developing a really good understanding of what it takes to win tight games.

“Especially going towards the latter part of the game you see some teams – and we’ve been guilty of it in the past – having jitters, but at the minute there has been a strong mentality, which is great. Hopefully, it drives us forward and we gain more points as a result of that.”

Opponents Stevenage are in good form themselves and put three past title-chasing Forest Green Rovers last time out to extend their recent unbeaten run to five.

“It’s two teams coming into it with a bit of form and results behind them. It’s going to be a tight game, but we’re quite used to that at the moment,” Weaver added.

“Beating Forest Green 3-0, that’s a convincing scoreline. But, we are a different team completely from Forest Green, so it will be interesting to see if they adopt the same tactics and give up possession so much, or whether they go for our throats.”

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