HARROGATE Town boss Simon Weaver is hoping Tuesday night's spiritual experience will give them the inspiration to win
tomorrow's FA Cup clash at New Mills.
The Bishop of Ripon & leeds Rt Revd John Packer was invited to visit the CNG Stadium, to bless the players and the pitch ahead of Town's trip to Derbyshire on Saturday.
Weaver is desperate not to repeat their second qualifying round exit this time last season at Bradford Park Avenue.
Town travel to vodkat Premier league out?t New Mills with a score to settle according to their manager who is still smarting from last year's 4-0 thrashing at the Horsfall Stadium.
Weaver is wary of the perils lower league opposition pose at this stage of the competition but is demanding a reaction in the aftermath of Saturday's 3-0 league defeat at Nuneaton.
"Tuesday was a really good night," said Weaver.
"Our chief executive Alan Williams knows the Bishop and asked him to come down. He was a real gentleman, the players listened to him and he said a prayer for us.
I've never heard of this happening before, but I dont see what change this will make. If we get beat by New Mills tomorrow, then Weaver has to do the honourable thing and resign. He has achieved the square root of f%$k all since he was hired, apart from winning a Mickey Mouse trophy by beating Harrogate Railway, and he has been given a significantly improved budget for this season, but the squad are still underperforming, with the exception of 2/3 players.
If you had a different manager in charge of these players, who had experience coming into the role. I truly do believe we would be in a better predicament.
I have lost total faith in Weaver, and nothing but a resounding win is the minimum expectation tomorrow, and he knows it.
The pressure is now on you Weaver. Step up and be counted, or walk away with your head hanging in shame.