Top dogs ’Gate aim to keep up the perfect start

hsb  Harrogate v Huddersfield. Steve Couture. (111001M3a)
hsb Harrogate v Huddersfield. Steve Couture. (111001M3a)

Harrogate go into this Saturday’s game at Marton Furness (1.30pm start) sitting pretty at the top of North Division 2 East after continuing their winning start to the season.

Gary Nash’s men want to make it a perfect nine points from their first three matches, and are preparing themselves for a tough test from a team who were promoted last year

. They will be without Pete Shipton for the clash.

The Granby-based side were made to work hard for their latest victory, a 4-3 success over Chapeltown, in last week’s round of matches.

Harrogateate found themselves a goal down inside the first ten minutes before fighting their way back into the game.

Another incisive Chapeltown breakaway saw the visitors regain the lead but Harrogate a showed good character to head in at the break 3-2 up, with Polish international Bart Zywiczka scoring from two penalty corners and Charles Edmondson also netting.

The Sheffield club levelled matters mid-way through the second period but Zywiczka was again on target to complete a debut hat-trick and secure three points.

“It was a bit of a disjointed performance against Chapeltown but we showed good heart to win,” said Nash.

“We had two new Polish players to integrate and it will take time for them to get used to how we play.

“ I will not expect this side to hit true form for another few weeks so we have to grind results out until then.

“Saturday will be another good test for us.

“Marton were promoted last year and have started well.

“It always looks good when Harrogate’s name is at the top of the league.

“But we want to make sure we stay there and we are not going to get carried away after just two games.”

Harrogate will be without captain Peter Shipston on Saturday but they are otherwise expected to be at full strength.