Second team stars score to push Gate ever closer to the top

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Harrogate’s men’s hockey team remain within touching distance of the North Division One leaders after Othon Sennett’s strike gave his side all three points away at Chester last weekend.

The Granby-based club have now set their sights on beating Newcastle University when the students travel south this Saturday (1.30pm push back) in the final game before the winter break.

Fourth place Gate could climb to second with a victory if results go in their favour.

Captain Luke Lambert is expecting to be without leading goalscorer David Swarbrick again after he was stretchered off against Preston two weeks ago.

Ollie Clark will come in for defender Mark Gibbons. Simon Lockwood and Russ Bowen will also be pressing for a place in the squad after missing the 3-2 win over Chester.

Skipper Lambert, who scored his side’s second goal against Chester, said missing three experienced players last weekend made victory even sweeter, with Sennett and Josh Lyon on the scoresheet after coming up from the second team.

“The Chester game really showed the strength in depth that we have at the club, and that was one of the most pleasing aspects,” he said.

“This was a strange game – we squandered a two-goal lead through uncharacteristic sloppy defending but then rallied really well to restore our advantage.

“For the final 25 minutes we rode our luck and defended with excellent grit, discipline and determination to see the game through.”

Harrogate’s ladies side found themselves without a game last weekend but travel to high-flying Manchester outfit Brooklands Poynton this Saturday for a highly-anticipated clash (noon push back).