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Sat 13 Jan 14:15 - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Three Full time

Aire 5 - 21 Old Otliensians

Local derby disappointment for Aire

Match ball proudly sponsored by Gwyn Jones

This eagerly anticipated clash with high flying 'Enisians, part of a double-derby weekend with the Crusaders playing 'Enisans' second team, unfortunately didn't go to plan at Nunroyd Park on Saturday.

With a reshaped side that saw Jonny Mackey (sponsored by Dave Greenwood) sidelined (injury) for the first time this season, the pack included Nick Jackson staring at hooker, and Tom Copsey at blindside flanker. The backline was also tweaked with captain Ollie Catherall moving to fullback, Stu Wilson and Nick Holdsworth starting at half back.

The game started with 'Ensians playing down the Nunroyd slope, and early-on Aireborough repelling a lineout catch and drive following a midfield infringement that allowed the kick to the corner. Successful Aire defence was followed by good exit, and Aire found themselves with territory.

Unfortunately Aire's lineout, hindered by conditions, was scrappy. The 'Ensians 10 going blind and chipping in behind, retook the the ball following a favourable bounce; great hands and finally a switch to the the 'Ensians centre saw a 60m breakaway successfully converted, despite valiant covering tackles from Harley Stevenson-Cocks and back row Copsey.

From the restart, 'Ensians worked their way into Aire territory and took three points following award of a penalty. 0-10 'Ensians.

Changes made, the introduction of Charlie Middleton, Si Hill and Luke Exley provided additional ballast at scrum time, and the trio carried strongly. Aire had possession and ball retention was excellent, but the effort was largely between the 22m lines and ultimately Aire didn't impact the scoreboard.

Otliensians, however, were not done in the half and spinning the ball wide created an overlap down the left wing to score in the corner. Conversion missed, but with a penalty added shortly after, the half-time whistle blew with Aire trailing 0-18.

The second half was a quieter affair in scoreboard terms, with Aire shading it 5-3 (small consolation on a difficult afternoon). The re-introduction of Adam Jackson (sponsored by Pizza House) and Martyn Booth, added some aggression. Jonny Hiles (sponsored by Large) used his bulk to smash through the 'Ensians scrum half, and quick ball from clinical rucking gave the Aire backs the opportunity to execute and score in the corner, Harley Stevenson-Cocks with a great finish as he received the ball 15m out with defenders to beat. Catherall was unlucky to hit the post with the conversion from the touchline.

An 'Ensians penalty was the final score of the game, but the visiting side also finished the game in Aire's half as they ran down the clock looking for a third score that ultimately didn't come. In the final throes, Stu Wilson paid the price for team indiscipline receiving a cheese slice to make sure he got his lips around the tasty Brown Ale he's grown accustomed to this season, albeit it was delegated to captain Catherall for an alleged festive stitch-up in the past, present and future post-game awards.

FT Aire 5 - 21 'Ensians

Champagne moment went to Lewis Barrett: in his last game this season for Aire, with 20 minutes to go he read 'Ensians' move in the three-quarters and sat their winger down in a collision audible from the touchline.

MoM: Harley Stevenson-Cocks was impeccable under the high ball in difficult conditions, and with strong running going forward bagged Aire's only score of the afternoon.

Next week sees Aire's 1st XV travel to Castleford for another Yorkshire 3 clash - ko 2.15pm, supporters welcome.

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Harley Stevenson-Cocks

Player of the Match

Harley Stevenson-Cocks
Harley Stevenson-Cocks

Player of the Match

Harley Stevenson-Cocks

Key moments

Try Try for Old Otliensians
Conversion Conversion for Old Otliensians
Penalty Penalty kicked for Old Otliensians
Try Try for Old Otliensians
Penalty Penalty kicked for Old Otliensians
Penalty Penalty kicked for Old Otliensians
Try Harley Stevenson-Cocks scores for Aireborough


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80:00 Player of the Match
Harley Stevenson-Cocks is awarded player of the match for Aireborough
80:00 Player of the Match
Harley Stevenson-Cocks is awarded player of the match for Aireborough
70:00 Yellow Card
Stuart Wilson is yellow carded for Aireborough
65:00 Try 5 - 21
Harley Stevenson-Cocks scores for Aireborough
65:00 Missed Conversion
Ollie Catherall misses a conversion for Aireborough
50:00 Penalty 0 - 21
Penalty kicked for Old Otliensians
End of period 1
35:00 Penalty 0 - 18
Penalty kicked for Old Otliensians
25:00 Try 0 - 15
Try for Old Otliensians
15:00 Penalty 0 - 10
Penalty kicked for Old Otliensians
10:00 Conversion 0 - 2
Conversion for Old Otliensians
10:00 Try 0 - 7
Try for Old Otliensians
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Aireborough
  • Old Otliensians
  • 0
  • Try 10:00'
  • Conversion 10:00'
  • Penalty 15:00'
  • Try 25:00'
  • Penalty 35:00'
  • Penalty 50:00'
  • Harley Stevenson-Cocks Try 65:00'
  • Stuart Wilson Yellow Card 70:00'

Team selection

Catherall, Ollie Catherall, Ollie
Stevenson-Cocks, Harley Stevenson-Cocks, Harley
Cree, Liam Cree, Liam
Barrett, Lewis Barrett, Lewis
Child, Bill Child, Bill
Holdsworth, Nick Holdsworth, Nick
Wilson, Stuart Wilson, Stuart
Jackson, Adam Jackson, Adam
Chapman, Christopher Chapman, Christopher
Copsey, Thomas Copsey, Thomas
Hiles, Jonny Hiles, Jonny
Justham, Alan Justham, Alan
Lister, Rich Lister, Rich
Jackson, Nick Jackson, Nick
Booth, Martyn Booth, Martyn

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Northallerton 25 109
2. Old Otliensians 25 102
3. Wensleydale 26 80
4. Leeds Modernians 26 71
5. Castleford 26 65
6. Aireborough 25 63
7. Hemsworth 26 63

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