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1st XV - Match centre

Aireborough
Harrogate Pythons
J Mackey, S Hill, B Child, J Sykes, H Stevenson-Cocks
Tries
N Holdsworth (5)
Conversions
N Holdsworth
Penalties
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Three Full time

Aire edged by Harrogate despite strong performance - Jonny Whitfield

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Aireborough’s five-try performance proved not to be enough as they were edged out in a 46-38 defeat to Harrogate Pythons on Saturday.

Si Davies’s hosts, who earned a bonus point for their improved attack, were ultimately undone by a flurry of ‘Gate tries early in the second half.

The visitors began stronger with a couple of decent attacks, spreading the ball wide before passing into touch. Scrum-half Gareth Drane then raced away with the ball but was met with a crunching tackle as his kick floated harmlessly across the dead ball line.

But Aire claimed the first try of the afternoon after poor discipline from the Pythons, who conceded a penalty when winger Josh Loughrey was pushed off the ball.

From the lineout, number eight Jonny Mackey crossed after squeezing through a gap, before fly-half Nick Holdsworth slotted the first of a few tricky touchline conversions.

Aire continued to dominate as Mackey and centre Jamie Sykes both threatened, but the Harrogate defence stood firm.
The visitors then levelled the scores as winger Oliver Wheatley, who claimed a brace of tries, weaved through several players for his first before Ned Rutty converted.

The game would follow a similar pattern until half time – Si Hill put Aire back in the lead before Harrogate added their second try.

Child crossed for Aire’s third try and with another expertly-taken touchline conversion by Holdsworth, the hosts were 21-14 to the good.

Despite Wheatley then claiming his second of the afternoon for the visitors, Aire would take a lead into the interval after a Holdsworth penalty kick.

HT – 24-19

Aire seemed to falter at the start of the second period, however, conceding four tries which ultimately put Harrogate out of reach.

Centre Max Sharp crossed on the right-hand side before Dan Bird got over, and Wheatley then set up a teammate as the visitors added to their try tally.

Aire then responded as Sykes got on the score sheet. The hosts flooded forward and the centre received an offload before battling with a defender to touch down in the corner.

But Gate’s final score, provided by Ross Fallenstein, put any hopes of a comeback to bed, even after Harley Stevenson-Cocks got over for Aire from a quick, weaving run.

FT – 38-46

MoM - This could have gone to a number of people however with an almost faultless kicking game from the tee, Nick Holdsworth was the deserved recipient of the award. Other notable mentions were from scrum half Stu Wilson, centre Jamie Sykes, and the back row pairing of Mikey Dolan and Jonny Mackey.

Nick Holdsworth

Player of the Match

Nick Holdsworth

Key moments

10:00
Try Jonny Mackey scores for Aireborough
11:00
Conversion Nick Holdsworth kicks a conversion for Aireborough
20:00
Try Simon Hill scores for Aireborough
21:00
Conversion Nick Holdsworth kicks a conversion for Aireborough
30:00
Try Bill Child scores for Aireborough
31:00
Conversion Nick Holdsworth kicks a conversion for Aireborough
38:00
Penalty Nick Holdsworth kicks a penalty for Aireborough
55:00
Try Jamie Sykes scores for Aireborough
56:00
Conversion Nick Holdsworth kicks a conversion for Aireborough
70:00
Try Harley Stevenson-Cocks scores for Aireborough
71:00
Conversion Nick Holdsworth kicks a conversion for Aireborough

Highlights

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71:00 Conversion 38 - 0
Nick Holdsworth kicks a conversion for Aireborough
70:00 Try 36 - 0
Harley Stevenson-Cocks scores for Aireborough
56:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Nick Holdsworth kicks a conversion for Aireborough
55:00 Try 29 - 0
Jamie Sykes scores for Aireborough
End of period 1
40:00 +41:00 Player of the Match
Nick Holdsworth is awarded player of the match for Aireborough
38:00 Penalty 24 - 0
Nick Holdsworth kicks a penalty for Aireborough
31:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Nick Holdsworth kicks a conversion for Aireborough
30:00 Try 19 - 0
Bill Child scores for Aireborough
21:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Nick Holdsworth kicks a conversion for Aireborough
20:00 Try 12 - 0
Simon Hill scores for Aireborough
11:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Nick Holdsworth kicks a conversion for Aireborough
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Jonny Mackey scores for Aireborough
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As it happened

  • Aireborough
  • Harrogate Pythons
  • 0
  • Jonny Mackey Try 10:00'
  • Nick Holdsworth Conversion 11:00'
  • Simon Hill Try 20:00'
  • Nick Holdsworth Conversion 21:00'
  • Bill Child Try 30:00'
  • Nick Holdsworth Conversion 31:00'
  • Nick Holdsworth Penalty 38:00'
  • Jamie Sykes Try 55:00'
  • Nick Holdsworth Conversion 56:00'
  • Harley Stevenson-Cocks Try 70:00'
  • Nick Holdsworth Conversion 71:00'

Team selection

Craven, Iain Craven, Iain
Loughrey, Josh Loughrey, Josh
Stevenson-Cocks, Harley Stevenson-Cocks, Harley
Sykes, Jamie Sykes, Jamie
Child, Bill Child, Bill
Holdsworth, Nick Holdsworth, Nick
Wilson, Stuart Wilson, Stuart
Mackey, Jonny Mackey, Jonny
Dolan, Mikey Dolan, Mikey
Shopland-Reed, Philip Shopland-Reed, Philip
Hill, Simon Hill, Simon
Dean, Tom Dean, Tom
Eastwood, Lewis Eastwood, Lewis
Jackson, Nick Jackson, Nick
Booth, Martyn Booth, Martyn

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Hemsworth 26 48
9. Halifax Vandals 26 45
10. Skipton 26 45
11. Baildon 26 44
12. Sheffield Medicals 26 40
13. Aireborough 26 33
14. Leeds Modernians 26 19

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