Hockey: Lambert named new skipper as club plans for Division One campaign

hsb  Luke Lambert playing for Harrogate against Huddersfield.  (130202M3a)
hsb Luke Lambert playing for Harrogate against Huddersfield. (130202M3a)

Harrogate hockey club’s men’s first team will be led by Luke Lambert next season, and the new captain is already setting his sights on Division One success.

The side recently won the Division Two East championship title after an excellent year in which they only lost twice, with two games still to play.

Lambert himself played a big role in that, returning to the club after a spell at Preston, and he believes that Harrogate have a bright future ahead of them.

“It will be a pleasure to lead Harrogate next season and I am relishing the chance of captaincy,” he said.

“Achieving success will be tougher than it has been this season, but with a greater emphasis on availability for league games, training well and coming out on top during the crucial points of matches, then I think we can do well.”

Lambert takes over from Peter Shipston who has led the side for two years, helping to guide ‘Gate to second and first positions in the league.

He will be supported by new vice-captain Graeme Bevington, a man who has done the top job himself in recent seasons

“We have taken the opportunity with no hockey at the moment to start planning for next year,” said coach Gary Nash.

“Things have already been put in place and I am excited by the appointment of Luke and Graeme. They both want to commit to the role and bring more professionalism to the squad and help push Harrogate to even greater heights.”

“I am convinced if we can keep the current squad, who drew with the champions in the league we are moving into, we can push for back-to-back promotions.”

Nash is hoping that influential midfielder Steve Couture will return to add extra quality to the side after taking a year out to go travelling, while Lambert is also on the look-out for new recruits.

Last weekend Harrogate fell victim to the weather as their match at home to Marton Furness was postponed.

They are now looking to rearrange this fixture to Tuesday April 9 (8pm pushback).

Before that, they travel to Wakefield in two weeks’ time as the season draws to a close.