HARROGATE Town manager Simon Weaver hailed his history making side after a convincing 4-0 win at Southend United.

Town won promotion via the National League play-offs last season.

And Weaver was delighted to see his side start life in the Football League with a well-deserved victory at Roots Hall.

“There were a few nerves early on but once we got the first goal we settled down and it was a true reflection of how the group can perform,” said Weaver.

“But no-one moans here and I think that’s quite refreshing in modern day football.

“They put in a real shift and hopefully this is a real confidence booster.

“We have some big games coming up and we want to build on this momentum and get as many points as we can as quickly as we can.

“We want to be positive and this is a great way for us to start in the Football League.

“We’re an honest group of players and when you have someone with the experience of Jon Stead coming off the bench and playing like his life depends on it it’s infectious.

“We’re glad to have him on board and the rest of the gang as well.”