Harrogate Town's U19 Youth Alliance side kicked-off the 2019/20 season in style with a 7-1 win over Scarborough Athletic at The CNG Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.This season already looks like bringing more success than last season's eighth placed finish, which was an improvement in itself on the side's inaugural rock bottom finish in 2017/18.
Managed by former Town defender Denny Ingram, Scarborough looked as if they would pose a real challenge to Town in an even opening 25 minutes.
That was until Charlie Anderson broke the deadlock in the 26th minute and added a second just a minute later, converting Seb Henry's pull back.
Four minutes later it was three as Henry turned scorer, finishing off the impressive David Lawn's cross.
The pick of the goals arrived seven minutes before the interval when target man Harry Boyer connected perfectly with Josh Hardcastle's cross on the volley, leaving Boro's ‘keeper no chance.
While a resurgent Scarborough pulled a goal back after the break, Town responded within just two minutes as Henry headed in his second of the game.
Town's Skipper then got in on the goalscoring act, executing a towering header to dispatch Lucas Sefton's free kick delivery.
The scoring was rounded off with the last kick of the game as Gabe Hopkinson finished well, leaving Managers Phil Priestley and Josh Walsh delighted with their teams' showing.
“Everyone put a real shift in this afternoon, there wasn't one area of the performance we weren't happy with.” Revealed Priestley.
“After showing signs of real improvement last year we really wanted to kick on this time around and start well, which is exactly what we have done.
“The lads can't wait to get back out there now, which is exactly the kind of attitude we want, starting next week with a friendly against Bradford then back to league action with a trip to Pontefract Collieries.”
Town U19s: Storey, Hardcastle, Sefton, Thornton, Stuart ©, Latimer (Scuka 81), Lawn (Swallow 65), Barker (Hopkinson 65), Boyer (Gough 82), Anderson, Henry
Goals: Anderson 26, 27, Henry 31, 58, Boyer 38, Stuart 77