Third win in a row for Pythons

Harrogate Pythons beat Halifax 26-3 in Yorkshire Three. Pictures: Adrian Murray
Harrogate Pythons beat Halifax 26-3 in Yorkshire Three. Pictures: Adrian Murray
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Harrogate Pythons chalked up their third consecutive Yorkshire Three victory when they overcame Halifax by a 26-3 scoreline at Pennypot.

It was the visitors who made the better start to the game, however, and they took a 3-0 lead in the 14th minute courtesy of a well-struck penalty.

John Reah scored two tries for the Pythons

John Reah scored two tries for the Pythons

Halifax attacked again from the re-start, but a clever kick through by Ross Fallenstein and pressure from Gareth Bass led to a mistake which resulted in an attacking scrum for the hosts.

John Reah broke from number eight and fed Jack Clarkson, who was ruled held up over the line.

From the next scrum, Reah picked up and went himself to open the Pythons’ account.

Fallenstein added the extras for 7-3 after 20 minutes.

Ivan Drane on the charge

Ivan Drane on the charge

Halifax had the chance to hit back, but were off target with a penalty attempt before a visiting winger was stopped just short of the line following a 60-metre burst from an interception.

Having managed to keep their lead intact, the Pythons then extended it two minutes before half-time when Ivan Drane took possession, threw a couple of dummies and sped through a gap in the away defence to score by the posts.

Fallenstein pulled his conversion wide and the home team took a 12-3 advantage into the interval.

Some Harrogate sloppiness at the start of the second period led to another penalty oportunity of the visitors, but they were again off target.

As the Pythons looked to get themselves down the opposite end of the pitch, a scrum on halfway saw Reah pick-up and throw an outrageous dummy which was bought by everyone.

The whole of the Halifax defence parted and Reah trundled half the length of the field to touch down under the posts, Fallenstein adding the extras for 19-3.

The hosts were then temporarily reduced to 14 men as Matt Leach was sin-binned for a high tackle, and Halifax should have reduced the arrears, only for one of their players to drop the ball with the try-line at his mercy.

They were made to pay for this profligacy when Andy Quirk collected a clearance kick and found Drane who jinked his way through to score a fine individual try.

Fallenstein kicked the extra two points to round off a comfortable 26-3 success, lifting the Pythons up to fourth place in the league standings.