‘Gate face Bank-Holiday double-header

Harrogate CC skipper George Ross. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Harrogate CC skipper George Ross. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Harrogate CC have a tricky Bank Holiday weekend double-header to negotiate as they look to continue their fine start to 2017.

The reining ECB Yorkshire Premier League North champions’ title defence has begun well, the Roosters winning all of their opening five fixtures to go top of the table.

And with a home game against second-placed York to come on Saturday, George Ross’ men have the opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack before they travel to Driffield Town on Monday.

“We’ve started the season very well and if we can come through this weekend with results going our way then it will leave us in a really strong position,” Ross said.

“There’s still a long way to go, but beating York on Saturday would make life slightly easier.

“When we won the league last year we gave ourselves some breathing space heading into the last quarter of the season, and it took the pressure off, so that’s what we’re aiming for again.

“It’s a huge game. York are very good, they’ve got experienced players and have won a number of titles in the past so we’re in for a real test.”

Harrogate then travel to Driffield Town on Monday, looking to take revenge for a pair of defeats inflicted on them by the Woldsmen in 2016.

“We owe them one because they beat us twice last season,” Ross continued.

“We need to put that right, but again we know that it’s going to be tough to go there and get a result. However, if we go out and perform to our potential and exectute our game plan then I’m confident that we’ll do well.”