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Tuesday 31st August 2021

Nigel Clough after the Papa John’s Trophy opener away to Harrogate Town:

"I make no bones about it I'm not particularly interested in this competition. Though we did put a team out to try to win the game.

“It's not in my priorities. We used tonight as an opportunity for youngsters to get their debuts, with the likes of Ethan Hill getting his first start. It was an absolutely invaluable experience for them.

"A lot of very very strange decisions tonight by all 4 officials. How the lad is not given a red card for deliberate handball right in front of the goal. The message came back the referee said the ball wasn't going in the net, which when you look at it back is quite staggering really.

“We’re short of central defenders at the moment, so he [Keaton Ward] played back there with Faz Rawson. Ideally we wouldn't want Faz to play either but the rules state you've got to have four experienced players in there or four who played last Saturday. So that was Faz, Jordan, Harry Charsley and Laps made up the quota.

“George Cooper has just come back into training and I thought he did very well when he came on. It was a mix and match team, but we got out of it what we needed, apart from the result.”

“I thought he [Lapslie] was very good tonight. He’s been a bit stop-start, even through pre-season.

“He’s going to have to get a run somewhere which is why we played him tonight, and I thought it was the sharpest he’s looked so far this season.”

"There was a big difference in the age tonight. They had senior players, albeit squad players. Our fringe players tend to be younger players who we're trying to bring through. So it was a big difference, men against boys sometimes.

On James Perch: “There’s no time scale with these sorts of injuries. He’s taken a whack to the head and we’ll take absolutely no risk with him.

“He’ll have all the proper scans and appointments, whatever he needs. He won’t be near returning until he’s 100 percent fit.”


Simon Weaver told the Harrogate Town website:
“I’m really pleased with the performance.
"It was a very good night. We were very us tonight. A hunger to win the first ball, win the second ball.
“These games can often be undervalued because it’s the EFL Trophy, but we want to win every single game and get after teams.
"We've got quality in depth that we've never had and great competition for places.
"It was like a basketball game for 10 minutes. The third goal obviously settled the lads down."
“It was a superb night for the lad (Orsi). He takes the match-ball home and it’ll be a great moment in his career.
“I’m so pleaed for Danilo, his mum was in attendance and he made his family proud tonight. It was a great game for him, but he’ll be the first to admit that Aaron Martin was also awesome alongside him, being very physical.


Harrogate Town's gives manager Simon Weaver food for thought after hat-trick against Mansfield Town

Danilo Orsi feels he has done more than enough to force his way into manager Simon Weaver’s thinking for Harrogate Town’s trip to Mansfield Town on Saturday.

The 25-year-old, who signed for the club from National League side Maidenhead United in the summer, scored a hat-trick as Harrogate won 3-1 against the Stags in the Football League Trophy on Tuesday.

The sides do battle again this weekend, this time in the league, and Orsi hopes to get another run out against Mansfield with his only other start this season coming in the win over Barrow last month.

“I am making the step up to full-time football, which I have always wanted to do since I was a kid,” said Orsi, who was one of seven players included who didn’t start in last weekend’s draw with Exeter City.


“I don’t just want to sit on the bench and be in and around it. I want to be pushing for a starting place.

“When I played against Barrow, I felt like I didn’t look out of place.

“Scoring against League Two opposition gives me confidence and something to build on for the future.”

Harrogate have enjoyed a flying start to the campaign with their victory on Tuesday night being preceded by three wins from four league games.

That has put them second in the table despite playing one game fewer than the majority of sides around them.

“We would have bitten your hand off at the start of the season for that,” continued Orsi.

“We are building as a team and I am really excited to be part of it.

“There is a good atmosphere here at the moment, we have just got to keep pulling in the same direction.”

Orsi’s 44th-minute opener on Tuesday night was his first goal for Harrogate and he added: “To score my first goal for the club after coming in the summer - to get the first one was always key. For it to be a hat-trick on the same night, I am over the moon.”