Harrogate signal intent with 11-goal rout

hsb  Harrogate v Huddersfield. Greg Crossley.   (111001M3d)
hsb Harrogate v Huddersfield. Greg Crossley. (111001M3d)
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A TRIUMPHANT display by Harrogate saw them crush Huddersfield Dragons 11-2 to win their first game in North League Division Two in style on Saturday.

Now they want more of the same at Chapeltown tomorrow (pushback1.30pm)

A week after their disappointing draw away to Wakefield, Gary Nash’s team put on a clinic and now find themselves in second place and intent on putting together a serious challenge to the league.

“It was a fantastic result and an awesome display,” Nash said. “To go from the lows of the previous week where we gave away a three goal lead to such an emphatic display was just amazing.”

Nash went on to praise the disciplined manner with which his players approached the game.

Steve Couture, Charles Edmondson and Simon Lockwood all scored hat-tricks in the rout, with Greg Crossley and Ozzy Sennett picking up the other two goals in a memorable afternoon.

“Steve Couture is a player that could easily be playing at a national level,” Nash said.

“Greg Crossley is a veteran that’s playing like a 25-year-old right now, and celebrated his goal like he’d scored the winner at Wembley.”

Nash added that some great individual efforts didn’t detract from the fact that this was a great team performance, especially as Harrogate were missing both captain Pete Shipton and Mike Sedcole.

“We always said this was a game we could win, the real test comes over the next two weeks,” he continued.

“We have got Chapeltown tomorrow who just came down from the higher league and then we’ve got Lincoln Roses the week after who finished third last year.

“It will give us a really good indicator as to whether we are playing to consolidate our place in the league or whether, as we think, we can really challenge for the league title this year.”