Huddersfield will today be making a historic trip to Harrogate.
The National II North clash will be Huddersfield’s last visit to their hosts’ famous Claro Road ground.
A move away to Rudding Lane is being made in the new year to secure the Harrogate club’s future, and will signal the end of a 118-year-old stay at their former home.
Had everything gone according to plan, the Huddersfield fixture would have been the last to be staged at the venue.
But building delays mean the new Rudding Lane clubhouse won’t now be ready until March 1, although Huddersfield player-coach Gareth Lewis still knows this weekend’s visit will be special.
“To have been part of the last game there would have been a real honour,” said Lewis.
“But it’s still great to be involved in what’s going to be one of the last.
“Claro Road has been part of the rugby union scene in the county for well over a century. and a lot of players in the current Huddersfield team have been involved in a number of games there over the years.
“Harrogate are expecting a decent crowd for their final home game against us, and we’d love to go and spoil their party.”
But Lewis knows his young side faces a tough task to match them.
“Harrogate will obviously be boosted by some strong support who’ll be expecting to see their side win,” added Lewis.
“They’s got a very good record at home this year, and they’ll certainly be looking to maintain that against us.
“Hopefully, we’ll put together a plan to make sure it’s our day and not theirs.”