H & D LEAGUE: Rangers set sights on treble

Kirk Deighton Rangers hope to be celebrating a league and cup treble on Saturday after winning the Harrogate & District Premier Division title last week. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Kirk Deighton Rangers hope to be celebrating a league and cup treble on Saturday after winning the Harrogate & District Premier Division title last week. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Kirk Deighton Rangers will look to seal a league and cup treble on Saturday when they tackle Knaresborough Celtic at Boroughbridge FC’s Aldborough Road home.

The Senior Cup winners were crowned Harrogate & District Premier Division champions last week when they were awarded a walkover against Burley Trojans.

And they will look to secure a third piece of silverware for the season when they face Knaresborough, the side who they pipped to the title, in the League Challenge Cup final.

“It’s an opportunity for this team to make history,” Rangers boss Daniel Marshall said.

“We could become the most successful Kirk Deighton side ever. I’m backing the lads to go out and win the game and complete the treble, but we know it’s going to very difficult against Celtic.

“We’ve played them four times already this season and both sides have won twice. I’m certain that Saturday’s final will be very tight once again.”

Both Rangers and the Celts were due to play Burley in recent weeks but the Trojans were unable to raise a side on either occasion.

With no realistic chance of re-arranging the fixtures due to Burley’s inability to field a team after the start of the cricket season, the Premier Division’s top two were handed the points, leaving Kirk Deighton a point ahead of Knaresborough, who have no more league games left to play.

“Winning the league in this fashion does take a bit of the gloss off it, but it doesn’t detract from our achievement,” Marshall added.

“This has been nine months of hard work from our lads,and I’m delighted for them.

“We’ve been on a great run since Christmas, we’ve played some great football and deserve to be champions.”

In Division One, Helperby United sealed a fourth-placed finish with Saturday’s 5-2 success at third-bottom Addingham.

Christopher Simpson’s hat-trick laid the foundation for victory for Helperby, who also netted through James Holdsworth and Ryan Foster.

In the Supplementary Cup, Bardsey booked their place in the semi-finals with Saturday’s 3-2 success at FC United Knaresborough.

Craig Hackworth’s late double followed an earlier strike from Josh Fisher to book a date with Kirk Deighton Rangers Reserves, who beat Bramhope 3-2 in midweek.