‘Gate ready for Hull

NADV. Action from Harrogate V Luctonians. 110226GS4c.
NADV. Action from Harrogate V Luctonians. 110226GS4c.

HARROGATE team manager Graham Siswick has laid down the gauntlet to his side in their quest for a top-five finish.

With ten games remaining in an already elongated season the Claro Road stalwart sees no reason why they can’t leapfrog Luctonians and Caldy in the National Two North table.

‘Gate welcome Yorkshire rivals Hull Ionians to Claro Road tomorrow (3pm ko) on a high after Saturday’s clean sheet 25-0 win at Rugby Lions.

“There’s still ten games to go,” said Siswick.

“We feel if we go on a bit of a roll we can finish fifth. That’s the aim now.

“We’ve got Hull Ionians this week. The two clubs get on well, there’s a healthy rivalry there so we’re expecting a good game. But we’re looking to do the double over them.

“We went there and put in a good performance earlier in the season so hopefully we can do that again.”

‘Gate have a number of injury worries ahead of tomorrow.

Player/coach Mike Aspinall is a doubt with a shoulder injury. If he does pull through he’ll make his 100th appearance for the club.

Chris Wilson is set to make his 50th ‘Gate game.

Prop Jimmy Browne is definitely out with a cut ear, while centre Toby Quarendon is absent after suffering concussion and Ryan Peacey is a doubt after sustaining a leg injury.

On Saturday ‘Gate Harrogate stuttered to an unconvincing 0-5 half-time lead against Rugby Lions before taking complete control in the second half.

‘Gate’s second team, the Georgians maintained their superb run of form by beating Bradford & Bingley 57-8 to stay top of the Yorkshire RFU Premier Division on Saturday.

They are away at Hull Ionians tomorrow.