Harrogate Pythons 20 v Hemsworth 7
Pythons make it 3 in a row against Hemsworth
With honours even from last season Station View was set for another tough encounter. The Pythons began well with early pressure which was countered with a surprising yellow card following an attempted charge down by The Python’s 10 Fallenstein after 3 minutes.
Despite being a player down The Pythons continued gaining territory with Drane controlling field position chipping into space from the set piece. Pressure was once again reversed with indiscipline at the breakdown giving the visitors a penalty on half way, taken quickly a speculative kick ahead had a lucky bounce for the chasing Hemsworth player touching down next to the posts, 0-7 after 10 minutes.
The restart saw The Pythons retain possession and gain ground from strong runs by Wake and Wilton feeding off quick ball from Drane. An unfortunate knock on led to a Hemsworth scrum on their 22. Pressure from Drane at the base of their scrum led to a handling error seized on by flanker Wilton who off loaded to Number 8 Tatlow outpacing the defence scoring in the corner. Sharp’s conversion fell just short, 5-7 after 15minutes.
Hemsworth defended well for the remainder of the half against telling runs from paceman Halpin and powerful carries from Leach. Indiscipline by The Pythons once again gave the visitors a scoring chance with the penalty kick falling short of the posts.
The second half began well for the home side. Sharp broke through the defensive line feeding Wolfram who was held up over the line. The resulting 5m scrum needed to be reset 4 times following Hemsworth’s infringements against a dominant pack. With a penalty try waiting for the next offence the away side managed to hack the ball 50m down field with The Pythons frustrated at the lost opportunity.
With territory regained following breaks from Bentham and Weatherstone, Fallenstein kicked The Pythons ahead 8-7 following a breakdown penalty.
Sharp continued to create opportunities from consistently quick ball. Breaking through tackles he outpaced and outstretched the defence, literally, to score in the corner. The conversion was pushed wide, 13-7.
With confidence high Tatlow broke from 40m showing his pace once again to round the defence and score under the posts. Fallenstein adding the extras 20-7, which remained the final score.
Dan Bird, Head Coach said after the game, “The whole squad has shown fantastic commitment to training this season. The sessions at HG3 are really starting to show results on the field. We’re also training on the all weather at Rossett High so dark nights and bad weather are not a problem for us. The Pirates beat Ilkley 3’s today, we have competition for places in our squad. All the players are upping their game.”