Harrogate’s new ground move delayed until March next year

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Harrogate’s move to their new ground at Rudding Lane has been delayed until March.

The National Two North club, who visit Luctonians tomorrow, had hoped to be in the £3m facility in January.

However, they will now stay at Claro Road for a further couple of months due to some unavoidable issues.

“I am very conscious that there has been considerable speculation as to the timing of HRUFC’s proposed move to Rudding Lane which was programmed for mid-January,” said Harrogate chairman James Smithies.

“Following a meeting with representatives from Crest Nicholson last Friday it is now clear that, in addition to some concerns as to the delivery of the grounds, the principal delay is the completion of the mains services connections to the clubhouse.

“Crest have, therefore, proposed that practical completion and handover be deferred to the first of March.

“For the moment, therefore, we will continue to play our games at Claro Road.”

Wharfedale host Esher in National One tomorrow hoping to name an unchanged side following a win over Macclesfield that saw them rise to ninth.

The only doubt is full-back Taylor Prell, who suffered a knock while training with England Under 20s.

He will undergo a late fitness test ahead of a game which is finely-balanced; Esher have lost all six away games since being relegated but have won seven at home to stay competitive.

Philip Woodhead is back in the squad after returning from playing Sevens rugby in Dubai.

Otley are also unchanged, in their starting XV at least, for the visit of Sedgley Park.

The Cross Greeners fell 41-10 at second-placed Ampthill & District last week but the only changes are made on the bench where they include Mark Chivers, George Burkinshaw, Jonathan Stannard and Kristian Sharples.