Harrogate RUFC must prove they’re best in Yorkshire - Aspinall

hsb  Gate v Sedgley Park. Number 7.  (131130M3d)
hsb Gate v Sedgley Park. Number 7. (131130M3d)
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Harrogate are on course to finish as Yorkshire’s best National Two North side, but they must beat all their county rivals, according to Mike Aspinall.

Gate welcome lowly Sheffield Tigers to Claro Road on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The South Yorkshire side parted company with director of rugby Dan Richmond earlier this month, after a worrying run of form plunged them into the relegation mix.

But the strugglers edged Gate by one point when they hosted the pair’s Yorkshire derby in November. And director of rugby Aspinall has warned his men not to fall foul of the same mistakes.

He said: “They have a little bit of fight left but they are very close to being relegation material.

“It’s all about ourselves getting ready after a week off. We must not give Sheffield a sniff.

“That defeat was probably the lowest point of our season.

“To be the best National Two team in Yorkshire, we need to finish ahead of the other teams, but we also need to beat them.

“The whole squad will be itching to play and prove that.”

Aspinall came out of retirement for a 30 minute spell for Harrogate Georgians on Saturday.

First teamers Luke Edwards, James Audley Beck, Dom Mussetti and Rob Adair joined their director of rugby on the field as Gate beat Driffield 38-26.

Fomer Hull forward Nicolo Nyemba also made his debut for the club. All five played are in line for a starting jersey when the Tigers arrive.

However, Steve Maycock has been ruled out for the season as the broken arm suffered in Gate’s 24-17 loss at Caldy has failed to heal.