Knaresborough victorious as Pythons toast success

Harrogate Pythons, wearing their new shirts which were sponsored by Loz Shirley of the Alexandra pub. (S)
Harrogate Pythons, wearing their new shirts which were sponsored by Loz Shirley of the Alexandra pub. (S)

Knaresborough’s forwards were just too powerful for a very good Old Grovians side, winning the Yorkshire Four contest 12-0.

A scrum provided Dave Topley the chance to charge for the line, and a clever offload set up flanker Jamie Bird for an early try, the score remaining the same at half-time.

After the break, ‘Boro’s defence was tested by Grovians but Will Stevenson, Chris Spence and man of the match, scrum half Carl Elliott held them at bay.

Intelligent kicking from Will Stevenson, and good game management from fly half George Poole ensured Boro kept moving forward.

A second score was inevitable, and after five scrums close to the Grovians line a backrow move led to the powerful Andy Hollyhead crashing over. Stevenson converted from out wide, to make the final score 12-0 to a delighted ‘Boro’ squad.

Tomorrow Knaresborough are away at Wetherby, and the Crag Rats are at home to Wetherby 2nds. Both 3pm kick offs.

HARROGATE PYTHONS travelled to Leeds Corinthians and returned 12-6 victors also in Yorkshire Four, avenging last season’s cup defeat.

Pythons got off to the best of starts with only two minutes on the clock when Ivan Drane broke from the base of a ruck in his own half, split the defence and and charged 30 metres before offloading to brother Gaz who beat the cover to score a superb 60-metre try.

Leeds reduced the deficit with a penalty and then a second to go in 6-5 ahead at half-time.

Pythons worked to take advantage of the wind during the restart and after they were awarded a 20m scrum, the ball was won cleanly and a simple switch in midfield allowed Richie Paterson to cross untouched for another try which Ivan Drane converted.

‘Gate maintained the pressure but some sloppy handling kept the home side in the game.

Pythons had several chances to increase their lead but the score remained the same despite some late Corinthians pressure.

Man of the match went to Liam Monaghan, in only his second start for the Pythons.