Harrogate Town winger Cleveland Taylor joins Corby Town on loan

Cleveland Taylor in action against Bradford Park Avenue
Cleveland Taylor in action against Bradford Park Avenue

Frozen-out winger Cleveland Taylor has been sent out of Harrogate Town on loan as boss Simon Weaver continues to trim his squad.

Taylor has made 17 league appearances for Town this season, scoring once, but has been a peripheral figure since the turn of the year.

The former Scunthorpe United winger attracted interest from both struggling Skrill North outfit Worcester City.

But he chose to join former Town striker TommY Wright at Corby Town on Thursday.

He will spend a minimum of one month at the Calor League Premier Division side.

Striker Liam Hardy exited Town last week after signing a month-long loan deal at Evo-Stik Northern side Buxton.

However, Weaver confirmed veteran defender Matt Bloomer will stay at the CNG Stadium to fight for his spot at right-back.

Bloomer started Town’s 1-0 victory away at Histon on Saturday after Dwayne Samuels got stuck in traffic on his way to the game.

Chris Hall’s second-half winner lifted Weaver’s men four points below the Skrill North play-offs (report page 85).

Top five rivals Boston United come to Harrogate this Saturday and Weaver backed his side to continue their fine form which has heralded five wins in six.

“It’s given everyone that belief that’s necessary if we are going to do well,” he said. “We have that winning mentality.

“We are concentrating on the final outcome and not looking pretty in the performance. We have to keep grinding out these results.

“The play-offs in the last few years have been roundabout the 70-point mark. We have a lot of work to do to get up to that. But it’s achievable.

“Over the next few games we want to be in amongst it.

“If we can get the win on Saturday we will be steaming along.”

Dennis Greene’s Boston side have one of the most fearful front-lines in the league, with Marc Newsham, Ricky Miller and Spencer Weir Daley all prolific in front of goal.

Greene received the backing of the fifth-placed Pilgrims this week after he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service for falsely claiming £6,166.86 in housing and council tax benefit.

Town trailed Greene’s Boston 3-0 at half-time at York Street earlier this season before an inspired second-half renaissance levelled the clash.

Striker Newsham, the league’s hottest prospect with 20 goals this season, bagged two goals in that contest.

Weaver earmarked his threat as one centre-backs Shane Killock and Matt Heath would have to cope with.

The manager added: “We can’t afford to come out of the blocks as slowly as we did against them last time.

“Their frontline is as prolific as it gets. If they get a sniff they score.”