High five for Swarbrick as Harrogate crush Crewe by 11-1

Harrogate's Steve Couture. (111001M3a)
Harrogate's Steve Couture. (111001M3a)
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Harrogate hockey captain Luke Lambert is urging his side to guard against complacency after a vintage display last weekend saw his side dismantle Crewe Vagrants 11-1.

The Granby-based side now make the short journey to Weetwood on Saturday to take on North Division One basement club Leeds (1.40pm push back) on the back of one of their best performances in recent years.

Dave Swarbrick was the star of the show, grabbing five goals against Crewe as Gate found the clinical edge in front of goal which they have been searching for in the early part of the season.

In front of a large crowd at Granby Hockey Centre, Polish international Bart Zywiczka gave the home side the lead from a trademark short corner, before Swarbrick went on the rampage scoring the next three.

Simon Lockwood got his second goal in as many games and Steve Couture added a sixth before the break as Gate threatened to notch up a cricket score.

While the pace and movement up front was providing the end product, it was Harrogate’s calm passing around the back which formed the basis for many of their attacks, before an incisive pass then set the forwards away.

Crewe got a goal back soon after the break but further strikes from Couture, Zywiczka, Lambert and Swarbrick sent the home crowd home happy and Gate up to third position in the league.

“This was an outstanding performance from everybody,” said Lambert.

“We dominated the game from start to finish and completely dismantled Crewe. We continued to look solid at the back and for the first time this season, we were ruthless in front of goal with Dave Swarbrick leading the way.

“We hope to continue our good form on Saturday when we visit Leeds. To do this, our approach must be professional. Indeed, we must guard against complacency after such an accomplished display.”

Harrogate ladies also kept their winning run going with a 3-1 away win at Morpeth. They now sit fifth in North Division One and host Wakefield on Saturday (1.30pm pushback).