Luctonians’ visit for ‘Gate

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hsb. Action from Harrogate RUFC vs Caldy. 090321GS7b.

THE Six Nations mouth-waterer between England and France may be the match making the headlines this week, but for Harrogate team manager Graham Siswick there’s only one oval ball game tomorrow that counts.

That fixture will take place at Claro Road when Harrogate welcome Luctonians for their first National Two North meeting of the season (2.15pm)

They were due to lock horns in December but that game, along with Saturday’s clash at home to Manchester, was wiped out by the snow.

With the weather improving throughout the week tomorrow’s contest should get the go-ahead but Siswick is anticipating a boggy pitch to await them.

Luctonians come into the game with a 70 per cent victory rate over their last ten games.

The league newcomers are currently sitting four places above Harrogate in a very respectable fifth and Siswick knows it won’t be easy.

“It would make it a good day,” said Siswick, should both results tomorrow go his way.

“It’s going to be an interesting game against Luctonians. They’ve got a lot of strong forwards and a good kicker. A friend of ours has seen them twice this season so we know what to expect.

“This will be the first time they’ve been to Claro Road. It’s a long way to travel from their base in Leominster in Herefordshire.

“But they’ve had a good season so far and beaten some of the top sides in Fylde and Loughborough.

“We’ve got players coming back. Ryan Peacey is ready to make his comeback, as is Dan Harland and Mike Aspinall could be back after four weeks out.

“We are all looking forward to it.”

‘Gate will then be inviting their opponents and fans into the clubhouse for the much anticipated clash between Martin Johnson’s side and Les Bleus.

“We’re hoping to have a few people down to watch that one,” added Siswick.

“It should be a good game.”

Siswick couldn’t hide his disappointment after Saturday’s game bit the dust.

‘Gate would have been firm favourites to pick up a healthy win over rock-bottom Manchester.

“The pitch passed an inspection at 9.30am but it kept on snowing so we had to call it off at 10.45am,” he revealed.

“That’s five games we’ve had off this season now and it means the season has been stretched out to May 21.”