Slazengers mens first team were looking to bounce back after a difficult start to the season against a Harrogate side who were also looking for their first win. It was however not to be for Slazengers after the injury curse which has left so many of their players out of action struck again. Captain Will Buckley and influencial playmaker Paul Wiper were both off injured inside the first 15 minutes, Wiper who took a blow on the ankle will hope to be back for next week, Buckley however with a broken hand will be out for somewhat longer.
The game itself started well for Slazengers with John Sykes battling well to give Slazengers the lead however when Ben Graham also went off injured at half time, Slazengers were really up against it. Harrogate drew level after the break before Jez Whawell gave Slaz the lead once again only for Harrogate to draw level shortly after. With Slazengers looking to press on for victory despite their depleted numbers, Harrogate were able to break away and score a couple of late goals for a 4-2 victory. Although this was a loss, Slazengers performance will give them confidence for the coming weeks but with 4 of their most influencial players injured at the moment, they will be hoping for some quick recoveries in the week to come.
from (Ben Graham)