Darlington 0 Harrogate Town 2: Nottingham Forest loanee Owen Gallacher 'pleased' with debut

Owen Gallacher's first-ever experience of senior football couldn't really have gone too much better.

Sunday, 12th January 2020, 10:40 am
Nottingham Forest loanee Owen Gallacher races forwards during his Harrogate Town debut - a 2-0 FA Trophy success at Darlington. Picture: Matt Kirkham

The 20-year-old Nottingham Forest loanee made his Harrogate Town debut in Saturday's 2-0 FA Trophy success at Darlington.

Goals from Jack Diamond and Lloyd Kerry sealed Simon Weaver's team's progress into the third-round draw, while left-back Gallacher was able to reflect upon a job well done.

"I was pleased. I was happy that we managed to get the win and the clean-sheet as well, that tops it off," the former Newcastle United trainee said.

"It was a big step up from under-23s football but I thought I did alright. I was pleased with my performance.

"It was a good game to be involved in. A good experience, different to what I'm used to.

"The physicality from under-23s to this is a lot greater as well, but with challenges, you've got to go in hard. If you don't go in hard then you won't win the ball."

Gallacher's one-month loan switch from Championship outfit Forest was only confirmed on Friday, meaning that he was only able to train with his new team-mates once before being handed a start against the Quakers.

And although he admits that he didn't know anyone in the Town squad prior to his arrival, he said he has settled in immediately and is hoping to learn plenty during his time at Wetherby Road.

"Everybody was new to me, but all the lads have been great with us and welcome us form the start," Gallacher added.

"That's obviously helped on the pitch as well.

"As a youngster you want all the experience that you can get.

"I'm just aiming to play as much senior football as I can, get as many minutes as I can and help the lads in their push for the title."

For those Harrogate supporters who weren't in attendance at Blackwell Meadows to witness his debut first-hand, Gallacher has revealed that he considers himself to be an attacking full-back and a defender who likes to get involved further up the pitch.

"I like to think that I'm fast and I like to get forwards," he said.

"I try to get on the overlap and get involved in the attacking play as much as possible."