Frustrated ‘Gate fail to cash in against Bankers

hsb  Harrogate v Sheffield University Bankers.  Bart Zywiczka.  (121110M1c)
hsb Harrogate v Sheffield University Bankers. Bart Zywiczka. (121110M1c)

Harrogate’s lead at the top of North Division Two East remains at five points after a frustrating 1-1 draw against Sheffield University Bankers.

The Granby side maintained their seven-match unbeaten run but were unable to put further space between them and their second-place opponents last weekend. They now head to Lincoln Roses (1.30 push back) looking to keep their title push going.

Against Sheffield ‘Gate missed a number of chances and were then caught by a late goal, leaving them to settle for a point from a game which they dominated in large parts.

Charles Edmondson added to his tally with a smart first-time deflection from Greg Crossley’s pass, while Simon Lockwood hit the post and Crossley fired wide as the pressure built on the visitors.

A well-organised Sheffield side proved hard to break down and with five minutes remaining they pounced on a loose ball to level.

Things could have been worse for ‘Gate who had captain Pete Shipston booked for dissent.

As a result Shipston will now miss Saturday’s trip to Lincoln.

“Whilst the result was disappointing on Saturday I was delighted with the performance and to dominate the play like we did against second in the table makes me confident that we can go on to dominate this league,” enthused coach Gary Nash.

“We have not hit form yet so when we do the rest of the division will not live with us.

“Roses have only lost one game and finished third behind ourselves last season so it will be another big test.

“We have to be alert to their counter attacks and patient in possession and we’ll come away with the points.”