Harrogate sign off perfect season with 7-1 Marton win

Harrogate Hockey were crowned North Division Two East champions on Saturday.
Harrogate Hockey were crowned North Division Two East champions on Saturday.

Harrogate Hockey Club finished their season in style on Tuesday night with a 7-1 thrashing of Marton Furness.

The display capped off a wonderful campaign for Gary Nash’s team, as they won the North Division Two East title by ten points from Lincoln Roses.

The Granby-based club will now go into North Division One next year and they could not have wished to sign off this season in a better way than with a passionate and energetic victory under the Harrogate floodlights.

Charles Edmondson, who was voted the club’s player of the year, grabbed a hat-trick, with Luke Lambert and veterans Russ Bowen and Greg Crossley providing ‘Gate with their magnificent seven.

The victory was all the more important to erase the memory of last Saturday’s disappointing showing against Wakefield where Harrogate were beaten 4-2.

Coach Nash was delighted with his side’s efforts on Tuesday night and was left to reflect on an excellent season for his side.

“Tuesday was a great way to finish a great season for Harrogate,” he said.

“Whilst the title was won weeks ago I wanted a champions’ performance and the players responded.

“Harrogate should be proud of this team, which is made up of Harrogate people proudly representing their town.

“They have shown that Harrogate can produce winning teams.

“I would like to congratulate Harrogate Grammar School, Harrogate High School, Ashville College and Rossett High School who all have players that first picked up a stick at school.

“I hope we can get many more boys coming through and winning leagues for Harrogate.”

A number of the first team squad will also be in action this Saturday as Harrogate’s second XI attempt to add to the silverware cupboard by retaining the Yorkshire Cup.

It is a trophy which the first XI won last season and Joe Lyon will lead his side out in Halifax against Brigg in front of a large number of travelling ‘Gate fans.