Knareborough Town 0-3 Harrogate Town: Five things we learned...

Brad Walker holds off Harrogate Town captain for the night Ben Parker (Photo: Craig Dinsdale)
Brad Walker holds off Harrogate Town captain for the night Ben Parker (Photo: Craig Dinsdale)
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Harrogate Town kicked off their pre-season campaign in impressive style with a 3-0 win over a spirited Knaresborough Town on Tuesday night.

Chib Chilaka opened the scoring on his return to Harrogate before Dom Knowles' penalty and a strike for trialist Jordan Armstrong put a comfortable look on the scoreline.

Here's five things we learned from the Manse Lane derby...

1) CHILAKA HAS MORE TO COME

Harrogate fans will be delighted to see Chib Chilaka hit the ground running in front of goal and the striker’s performance gave a strong indication that he is as sharp as ever.

Direct as always with his approach, Chilaka was keen to run in the channels and had Andi Thanoj picking the passes from a deep lying midfield role.

Ben Parkes and Andi Thanoj battle for the ball - Thanoj was an impressive figure in Harrogate Town's midfield in the first half (Photo: Craig Dinsdale)

Ben Parkes and Andi Thanoj battle for the ball - Thanoj was an impressive figure in Harrogate Town's midfield in the first half (Photo: Craig Dinsdale)

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2) SWAIN PREPARED TO FIGHT

The left-back has yet to earn a contract for next season but had a fear factor in his crusades forward in the second half. Two Knaresborough players lost out in half-hearted tackles against Swain who looked on a mission to show his worth. Final delivery lacked quality but the aggresion to his play will have been noted.

3) CROOK TRANSFER CONCERN?

Simon Weaver is clearly planning for life after Peter Crook. He has been watched by several scouts and the phone lines continue to ring over his services. Trialist Lloyd Allinson was assured in the second half and made a splendid save so could be on the radar if a big club comes calling for the number one.

Goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson looked composed on trial for Harrogate Town (Photo: Craig Dinsdale)

Goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson looked composed on trial for Harrogate Town (Photo: Craig Dinsdale)

4) STRENGTH IN DEPTH FOR BOTH

With a full pre-season to prepare this year, Paul Stansfield has time to get Knaresborough ready for a play-off tilt. His side looked organised and promisingly maintained their shape despite nine changes at the break. Weaver has so many options available to him that picking a squad of 16 will be hard let alone a starting 11.

5) HEATH LEANER AND KEENER

The former Manchester United youth team player brings an X Factor to Knaresborough’s strike-force and goals are guaranteed if he keeps his cool and fitness. Stansfield won’t settle for any nonsense and the striker has already lost a stone in returning to Manse Lane. A fully-fit Heath spells danger for ’Boro’s opponents.