Hockey: Harrogate discipline ‘must improve’, urges skipper

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Harrogate hockey captain Graeme Bevington has warned his troops that their discipline needs to improve, writes Rob Stanworth.

The Granby-based side drew 2-2 against Sheffield Hallam last weekend but gifted their opponents a three-man advantage after being reduced to just eight men during the second half.

‘Gate welcome Crewe Vagrants to fortress Granby on Saturday (12pm) and Bevington has told his players that poor discipline will no longer be tolerated.

“For 60 minutes we worked hard and were organised but ten minutes of ill-discipline made it really difficult,” he said. “We recovered well to gain a valuable point against good opposition but we need to make sure these mistakes are not repeated.”

Barbados international Alex Gill had given Harrogate a 1-0 half-time lead at Abbeydale Park.

Hallam got the break of the ball in the ‘Gate ‘D’ to level things up ten minutes into the second period and they then took the lead from a deflected short corner with three Harrogate players on the side-lines having been yellow carded.

Will Rogers grabbed his first goal for the club as Harrogate finished the stronger side, and Harry Henderson almost stole a famous win but fired wide in the dying minutes.

Last season, the two league fixtures against Crewe yielded 23 goals with ‘Gate running out 11-1 winners at home before nicking a 6-5 victory in the return game.

Harrogate’s ladies side got their first three points of the season with a 3-0 win over Wakefield. Rachel Till opened the scoring before Sophie Boyd and then Alice Hutson made sure of the victor.

Cecilia Allen’s side welcome Morpeth on Saturday.