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Sat 31 Mar TBC - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Three Full time

Castleford 20 v Harrogate Pythons 9

Sad day ends in defeat for the Pythons

The Pythons slipped to a 5th successive defeat in dreadful conditions at Castleford. A minutes silence was held before the kick off for former treasurer and club stalwart Jim Saynor, who tragically died following a heart attack during the week. A good catch and drive from Jack Clarkson led to Cas conceding a penalty which Liam Kernoghan despatched to the corner. A clean Dan Shortman catch saw the Gate drive repelled and a kick through from Kernoghan was licked dead by Cas resulting in an attacking scrum. The Gate drive was held up and Steve Kirkpatrick went to attack the blind side but Kernoghan was tackled short. A hurried clearance by Cas was returned by Ollie Wheatley who beat his man but was caught by the cover defence. Another good kick return from Price-Gerrard led to a charge for the line by John Reah which was ended just short again. The resulting Gate scrum was again stopped with the referee this time awarding Gate a penalty under the posts which was knocked over by Jed Wolfram. 0-3 20 mins. Gate were penalised at the restart but the resulting kick was dragged wide by the swirling wing. A clever cross kick by Cas was regathered and quickly kicked towards the Gate line. The Cas winger won the chase and dived on the ball for the try which was converted. 7-3 28 mins. Gate then secured good turnover ball and Matt Leach put in a clever kick towards the Cas line but Cas managed to scramble clear. Cas then broke from deep but prop Nathan Wake managed to end the danger with a good cover tackle. On the stroke of half time a Cas player received a yellow card and Gate went for the driving maul which was again held up to leave the half time score Castleford 7 Pythons 3.

Conditions were now deteriorating even more with horizontal rain driving across the pitch. Wheatley linked with Sam Gibbs who broke out of defence. Cas were penalised at the breakdown and Wolfram narrowed the gap with a well struck penalty. 7-6 48 mins. Andy Lambert then made a strong break from the side of a ruck but possession was lost and Cas kicked deep. The ball was kicked dead and Cas were awarded a 5m scrum. Gate resisted the drive but the scrum wheeled and the referee decided to award a penalty try. 14-6 65 mins. A lovely pass from Matt Audsley put Wheatley away and Cas were penalised at the breakdown, allowing Wolfram to close the deficit again. 14-9 68 mins. However Gate could not hold on for the bonus point and two late penalties both awarded for high tackles led to a final score of Castleford 20 Pythons 9.

This weekend the Pythons host Skipton at Railway.

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Key moments

Penalty Jed Wolfram kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons
Penalty Jed Wolfram kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons
Penalty Jed Wolfram kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons


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  • Jed Wolfram Penalty 20:00'
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  • Jed Wolfram Penalty 68:00'

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Audsley, Matt Audsley, Matt
Binns, Ian Binns, Ian
Gibbs, Sam Gibbs, Sam
Wolfram, Jed Wolfram, Jed
Wheatley, Oliver Wheatley, Oliver
Kernoghan, Liam Kernoghan, Liam
Kirkpatrick, Stephen Kirkpatrick, Stephen
Reah, John Reah, John
Shortman, Dan Shortman, Dan
price gerrard, Luke price gerrard, Luke
Leach, Matt Leach, Matt
Clarkson, Jacques Clarkson, Jacques
Smith, Steve Smith, Steve
Smith, Josh Smith, Josh
Wake, Nathan Wake, Nathan

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Knottingley 24 60
9. Sheffield Medicals 26 53
10. Harrogate Pythons 25 51
11. Skipton 26 47
12. Leeds Medics And Dentists 26 46
13. Baildon 26 40
14. Stocksbridge 26 33

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