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Harrogate Pythons
Knottingley
O Wheatley, G Bass (2), H Tatlow, J Reah, L Kernoghan, A Lambert, M Sharp
Full time
I Drane (5)
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - Yorkshire 3

Harrogate Pythons 50 v Knottingley 7

Pythons end the season in style

With the Pythons unable to use their home pitch at Pennypot, their final home game of the season was played at Ripon RUFC. From the start the Gate scrum was totally dominant, forcing Knottingley to play off the back foot and their powerful No8 was well contained by Hugh Tatlow. A lovely line from full back Jake Harland created the space foe winger Ollie Wheatley to open the scoring with a try out wide. 5-0 6 mins. Ivan Drane then made a break from a midfield scrum, but his inside pass was dropped. Knottingley kicked clear to Gareth Bass who put in a return kick and chase and a lovely bounce saw him collect his own kick to score under the posts. Converted by Drane. 12-0 12 mins. Gate were now getting good ball with Matt Leach and Rob Lunn making powerful surges, but often kicked the ball away aimlessly. A clever kick through by Drane was touched down by Harland but the referee ruled it had just gone dead. Knottingley were now getting back into the game and linked well between forwards and backs to be met by ferocious Gate defense led by captain Dan Shortman. However following a quick tap penalty Knottingley forced a try to make the half time score Pythons 12 Knottingley 7.

Knottingley were penalized on the restart and a good touch find by Drane gave Gate an attacking line. Tatlow took a clean catch but the drive was ended when the ball was dropped. However Gate turned over the resulting scrum and a well-timed pass from Drane put Tatlow through to score under the posts. Converted by Drane. 19-7 45 mins. Nathan Wake made a powerful run from the restart as Gate worked their way forward again. Liam Kernoghan robbed a Knottingley maul and the resulting ball was deliberately knocked forward by the Knottingly prop resulting in 10 minutes in the sinbin and uncontested scrums. Gate took a quick tap and John Reah sold him trademark dummy to score by the posts, again converted by Drane. 26-7 62 mins. Next it was Lunn’s turn to make the forward drive, with the ball being well carried on by Jed Wolfram and Max Sharp. Quick ball and a lovely pass from Sharp put Kernoghan through for the try converted by Drane. 33-7 70 mins. Wake then touched down following good interplay by the forwards, but the referee had spotted a forward pass. Knottingley cleared their ground but the kick was well returned by Jon Pickard and quick ball was fired wide for Bass to add his second try. 38-5 73 mins. It was now one way traffic, and Pickard again started a move from deep which saw flanker Andy Lambert score in the corner. 43-5 76 mins. Gate’s final try came when Bass again chased down a kick and robbed his opposite number. He flicked the ball onto the supporting Kernoghan who scored by the posts. Drane again converted to make the final score Pythons 50 Knottingley 7.

This was a strong end to the season by the Pythons who ended up in 11th place in Yorkshire 3 and collected 55 points, their most in this division. Good luck to Halifax Vandals and Goole who both secured promotion to Yorkshire 2. Many thanks again to Ripon RUFC for the use of their facilities.

Key moments

6:00
Try Oliver Wheatley scores for Harrogate Pythons
11:00
Try Gareth Bass scores for Harrogate Pythons
12:00
Conversion Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
45:00
Try Hugh Tatlow scores for Harrogate Pythons
46:00
Conversion Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
61:00
Try John Reah scores for Harrogate Pythons
62:00
Conversion Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
65:00
Try Liam Kernoghan scores for Harrogate Pythons
66:00
Conversion Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
70:00
Try Gareth Bass scores for Harrogate Pythons
72:00
Try Andrew Lambert scores for Harrogate Pythons
78:00
Try Max Sharp scores for Harrogate Pythons
79:00
Conversion Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons

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79:00 Conversion 50 - 0
Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
78:00 Try 48 - 0
Max Sharp scores for Harrogate Pythons
72:00 Try 43 - 0
Andrew Lambert scores for Harrogate Pythons
70:00 Try 38 - 0
Gareth Bass scores for Harrogate Pythons
66:00 Conversion 33 - 0
Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
65:00 Try 31 - 0
Liam Kernoghan scores for Harrogate Pythons
62:00 Conversion 26 - 0
Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
61:00 Try 24 - 0
John Reah scores for Harrogate Pythons
46:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
45:00 Try 17 - 0
Hugh Tatlow scores for Harrogate Pythons
End of period 1
12:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
11:00 Try 10 - 0
Gareth Bass scores for Harrogate Pythons
6:00 Try 5 - 0
Oliver Wheatley scores for Harrogate Pythons
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As it happened

  • Harrogate Pythons
  • Knottingley
  • 0
  • Oliver Wheatley Try 6:00'
  • Gareth Bass Try 11:00'
  • Ivan Drane Conversion 12:00'
  • Hugh Tatlow Try 45:00'
  • Ivan Drane Conversion 46:00'
  • John Reah Try 61:00'
  • Ivan Drane Conversion 62:00'
  • Liam Kernoghan Try 65:00'
  • Ivan Drane Conversion 66:00'
  • Gareth Bass Try 70:00'
  • Andrew Lambert Try 72:00'
  • Max Sharp Try 78:00'
  • Ivan Drane Conversion 79:00'

Team selection

Harland, Jake Harland, Jake
Bass, Gareth Bass, Gareth
Wolfram, Jed Wolfram, Jed
Sharp, Max Sharp, Max
Wheatley, Oliver Wheatley, Oliver
Kernoghan, Liam Kernoghan, Liam
Drane, Ivan Drane, Ivan
Tatlow, Hugh Tatlow, Hugh
Shortman, Dan Shortman, Dan
Binns, Ian Binns, Ian
Lunn, Rob Lunn, Rob
Leach, Matt Leach, Matt
Smith, Steve Smith, Steve
Kernoghan, Ben Kernoghan, Ben
Wake, Nathan Wake, Nathan

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Aireborough 26 61
9. Old Otliensians 26 61
10. Wensleydale 26 59
11. Harrogate Pythons 26 54
12. Castleford 25 54
13. Stocksbridge 26 45
14. Halifax 26 19

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