‘Gate Men fight back to earn draw

Julian Tarres netted a late equaliser for Harrogate Men's 1sts against Liverpool University. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Julian Tarres netted a late equaliser for Harrogate Men's 1sts against Liverpool University. Picture: Caught Light Photography
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Harrogate Hockey Club’s Men’s 1sts’ hopes of a top-three finish in North Division One remain in their own hands after they fought back to earn a 2-2 draw with Liverpool University.

The Granby-based club had Argentinean ace Julian Tarres to thank for a late goal after falling 2-1 behind following what was an uncharacteristically laboured performance against the relegation-threatened students.

Earlier, Charles Edmondson had opened the scoring as he deflected a ball played into the ‘D’ high over the Liverpool keeper’s head for a 1-0 lead.

Harrogate then squandered a number of opportunities to extend their advantage, the visitors converting two second-half short corners to upset the apple cart before Tarres struck to earn a share of the spoils.

“It’s a disappointing result for us. We had enough chances to kill the game off and it’ll be shooting practice this week at training,” reflected captain Will Rogers.

“Looking at things positively, our long unbeaten run at home continues and its now nearly five months since we lost here. The lads are desperate for a third-placed finish, and we’ll take a big step towards that if we win on Saturday.”

Harrogate entertain Gateshead this weekend (1.30pm push back), with the Tyneside club slipping to ninth in the table after losing to Durham University 2-1 last time out.

Rogers’ charges then end their season away to Chapeltown, and two wins from these fixtures will guarantee a highest league finish in 10 years.