Harrogate Town 3-0 Hyde United: Town get to grips with home 3G straight away

Dominic Knowles scored Harrogate Town's second (Photo: Craig Hurle)
Dominic Knowles scored Harrogate Town's second (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Harrogate Town recorded their second pre-season win as Norther Premier League Hyde United were put to the sword at The CNG Stadium

Trialist Jordan Robertson gave the home side a deserved lead 34 minutes in, capitalising on a defensive mix-up before Dominic Knowles coolly finished three minutes later.

With seven Town changes made in the second half, Robertson added a third late on after a clever flick had found the striker unmarked inside the Hyde area.

Simon Weaver made seven changes from Tuesday night’s 3-0 win at Knaresborough Town with Ben Parker, Andy Thanoj, Simon Ainge and Joe Leesley the four unchanged players.

Lloyd Kerry and Andy Thanoj tried to break the deadlock in the opening ten minutes with long range efforts but both were denied by Hyde ‘keeper Beaurpaire.

Boyle had looked lively for the visitors and forced trialist ‘keeper Lloyd Allinson into a routine save early on, however it was the Town man’s opposite number who reacted quickly to block Dominic Knowles’ fierce strike and prevent a Town opener.

Town were playing on 3G at the CNG Stadium for a first time, after the friendly was hastily rearranged from Hyde (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Town were playing on 3G at the CNG Stadium for a first time, after the friendly was hastily rearranged from Hyde (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Knowles then turned creator, teeing up Thanoj on the edge of the area whose half-volleyed attempt was too close to Hyde’s man between the sticks.

The Tigers then had a chance of their own as Dean latched on to Burke’s deflected free kick but was met by an alert Allinson who saved the low finish.

With just over ten minutes to go until the interval, trialist striker Jordan Robertson was gifted the ball inside the Hyde area by a defensive error and made no mistake finding the top corner with a first-time finish to give Town the lead.

It took just three minutes for the hosts to add a second as Thanoj sent a sweeping pass from left to right and into the path of Knowles who coolly finished under the onrushing Beaurpaire.

The 3G surface contains tiny bits of rubber (Photo: Craig Hurle)

The 3G surface contains tiny bits of rubber (Photo: Craig Hurle)

It could have been three-nil moments before half time as another defensive mix up provided Knowles with a one-on-one only for Beaurpaire to smother the ball at the striker’s feet.

Weaver opted to keep the same eleven on the field for the second half, but it was Hyde who started the brighter with Dean heading a good chance wide at the near post.

Town were soon back in the ascendancy though, as Lloyd Kerry was a fraction away from finding the top corner following strong hold up play by Knowles.

Dean again went close to reducing the deficit, this time shooting wide from a left wing pull back, as substitute Andy Gascoigne produced an improvised shot from a narrow angle to force Beaurpaire into another save.

Andy Gascoigne is fighting for a contract at Town after an injury-hit season last year (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Andy Gascoigne is fighting for a contract at Town after an injury-hit season last year (Photo: Craig Hurle)

With under a quarter of an hour left to play, Robertson grabbed his second of the afternoon and Town’s third as he capitalised on a neat flick and some slick passing with a routine close range finish.

Harrogate Town (First 60") Allinson, Turner, Parker, Platt, Ainge, Ellis, Kerry, Thanoj, Robertson, Knowles, Leesley
(Last 30") Allinson, Colbeck, Swain, Assenso, Shiels, Burrell, Thirlwell, Purkiss, Robertson, Knowles, Gascoigne

Goals: Robertson 34, 77 - Knowles 37

Hyde United: Beaurpiere, Burke, Brownhill, McGurk, Jones, Pearson, Woodward, Fitton, Dean, Boyle, Wyatt

Subs: Jones, Zeekeel, Broadband, Ellison, Trimble, McCarthy

Referee: R Wootton

Louie Swain is another Harrogate Town player still hoping to secure another contract (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Louie Swain is another Harrogate Town player still hoping to secure another contract (Photo: Craig Hurle)