Rugby Union

Harrogate player-coach Mike Aspinall.  (1203044AM2)
Harrogate player-coach Mike Aspinall. (1203044AM2)

Harrogate bid to maintain their flawless start to the National Three North season on Saturday, when Waterloo visit Claro Road (3pm).

Mike Aspinall’s men dispatched Kendal 53-31 at the weekend, to rise to third in the table and notch their third straight win.

But team manager Graham Siswick says there is room for improvement, and the team is mindful that consistency must be maintained and errors cut out if Harrogate are to challenge for the one promotion place on offer next May.

Waterloo arrive in North Yorkshire fresh from a win over Birkenhead and currently sit fifth in the division.

“There’s still a very long way to go and we still have a lot of things to address,” said Siswick.

“We’ve got 14 points from 15 and would certainly have settled for that at the start of the season but we do believe there is more to do. We scored eight tries on Saturday but weren’t consistent over the 80 minutes and there is work to be done on the training pitch before the next game.

“Waterloo wil be reasonably happy with their own start too, so we will have to break them down.

“It’s a question of applying the pressure and taking chances when we can.

“The hard work starts all over again.”

Coach Aspinall faces a selection headache in the backs this week, with returning wings Noel Minikin and Arnie Ellison both available, and James Audsley-Beck impressive against Kendal last week.

In the forwards, hooker Aarin Yorke remains out through injury but is edging closer to a return.

“We’re picking from strength in both departments,” said Siswick.

“Everyone is fit and raring to go.

“Waterloo are known for playing an expansive game with a good set of backs, that’s their main strength.

“But we scored eight tries on Saturday and six the week before so that’s where the battle is likely to be won and it should be an attractive game.”

Harrogate Georgians lost 25-0 at Sheffield Tigers on Saturday, but Harrogate Pythons claimed a narrow 13-12 victory at Wetherby in Yorkshire Four.

An Ivan Drane penalty put the Pythons ahead before Marc Ford drove through for the first try.

A 60-metre dash by Scott Stevenson secured Pythons’ second try of the afternoon and they remained ahead by the final whistle.

Pythons are now top of the table.