Harrogate Pythons 36 v Leeds Modernians 8
Back to back home wins for The Pythons
Fourth placed Leeds Modernians visited Station View with The Pythons still mathematically in the relegation zone needing one league point to guarantee their Yorkshire 3 position next season. By half time, The Pythons were leading 29 – 8 and had secured that one point, a try bonus point.
The Pythons dominated the first 15 minutes of the game with The Mods needing to defend their mid field as Joe Bentham and Max Sharp ran off some great lines run by Liam Kernoghan. The Pythons first try came as Bentham broke a tackle on half way, cleverly kicked ahead for pace man Matt Halpin to gather the bouncing ball and score close to the posts – Jed Wolfram adding the conversion. Forward dominance with hard running from Matt Leach and Grant Weatherston gave Kernoghan time and space to put Bentham through to score under the posts – the conversion again from Wolfram.
The restart saw Old Mods open their account with a penalty for off side at the breakdown shortly followed by a well earned try as The Pythons seemed to lose concentration.
With encouraging words from coach Bird The Pythons were quick to regain dominance especially up front. An attacking scrum 6 meters out saw Kris Starkey knock on at number 8 with the line beckoning. The Pythons pack regrouped and pushed the Old Mods pack off their ball driving over the line only for Starks to be robbed again by The Mods prop handling the ball out of the scrum earning himself a yellow card. The Pythons opted for scrum rather than take the penalty and on the third attempt Starkey controlled the ball at the back of the scrum to score the third try – Wolfram adding the extras. Kernoghan scored the bonus point try following a slick passage of play involving Luke price gerrard from the flank, Sharp and Kirkpatrick from inside their own half giving Kernoghan a 40m run in out pacing The Mods defence. A Wolfram penalty gave the half time score 29 – 8.
The Mods began the second half with renewed determination. With both sides defending well, The Pythons forward’s dominance proved frustrating for the visitors resulting in 2 yellow cards. Forward pressure again resulted in The Mods failing to control their ball in a scrum on their 22 metre with Bentham being the quickest to react scoring his second try with Ross Fallenstein adding the extras. Final score 36-8.
The Pythons play un beaten Northallerton on 5th May and their final game of the season the following Saturday – both at Station View.