Super seven takes Harrogate three points clear at the top

hsb  Harrogate v Huddersfield. Greg Crossley.   (111001M3d)
hsb Harrogate v Huddersfield. Greg Crossley. (111001M3d)

Harrogate produced a superb spell of hockey to dismantle Leeds Gryphons 7-1 and go three points clear at the top of North Division Two East.

The Granby outfit were a goal behind at half-time in front of a bumper crowd before scoring four goals at the start of the second period to blow away their opposition.

Polish international Bart Zywiczka added another two to his tally, with Russ Bowen also notching a brace.

Hat-trick hero Dave Swarbrick, who has returned to Harrogate from Ben Rhydding, flipped the game on its head when he came off the bench to display his pace and skill. Nick Wilcock also shone as part of a solid defensive display. Club captain Steve Thompson said: “It was a great team performance against Leeds last weekend, and we took our chances fantastically in the second half.

“It was great to hear some of the former players who were here for the vice presidents’ lunch telling me that they haven’t seen hockey as good as that from a Harrogate side for years.”

Harrogate travel to bottom side Huddersfield Dragons on Saturday (1.30pm start) well aware of the danger.

“We travel to Huddersfield in buoyant mood, full of confidence and seeking another win but that is when you are most vulnerable,” said coach Gary Nash.

“The league placing at this time of the season means nothing and Huddersfield have a few players that can hurt us if we don’t apply ourselves professionally.”