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Morley 3
Harrogate Pirates
S Lennox, O Davies, I Drane, J Farrington
I Drane (2)
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - Yorkshire Merit League - Northern League Full time

Morley 47 v Harrogate Pirates 24

Pirates unbeaten run ended

Morley kicked off down the slope and with the wind to a much changed Pirates squad from the previous weeks win over Ilkley, this didn’t seem to bother the Pirates as the ball was gathered and a chip over the advancing Morley pack from Ivan Drane was gathered in by Tom Hunter which led to some good tight play from the Pirates pack. However when the ball was turned over by Morley they used their backs to good effect to outflank the Pirates backs to score, and due to a local rule (if the try is scored between the two 2 15m lines, the conversion was given, as the houses behind the posts wouldn’t give the balls back) 7-0 to the hosts after 5 mins, this woke up the Pirates pack and when the kick off against the wind held up it allowed the Pirates to attack and recover and drive towards the Morley line, this eventually resulted in Steve Lennox going over in the corner and with the conversion missed it was 7-5 to the hosts on 9 mins. Morley then started to use the slope and wind trying to pin the Pirates in their own half but some good play by the back three kept them out, however Morley got a line out inside the 22 on 17 mins and from that the Pirates gave away a penalty for sacking it, (harsh call in my view), from the resultant tap and go poor tackling from the Pirates lead to a try under the posts for Morley and with the conversion being a gimme that put the scores at 14-5. Pirates then utilised the wind again at the kick off to force a knock on from Morley and a good pick up and drive from the base of the scrum by Ivan Drane drew a penalty from Morley and after a series of driving rucks from the Pirates pack captain Ollie Davies went over for a try on 21 mins, conversion missed, score 14-10, from the kick off a good take and drive from Steve Lennox and then from Ryan Bradshaw drove Morley back into their own half, Morley produced some good defence around the edges of the rucks which held the Pirates at bay and when they turned the ball over they again started to use the kicking game to which the Pirates back three coped with very well. Some good driving from the Pirates midfield and pack lead to a high tackle and penalty again was taken quickly by Ivan Drane with some sniping running hard at the Morley defence, the good work was undone when Morley turned the ball over again and drove the ball down field, Morley earned a scrum and came down the blindside and scored off the first phase on 30 mins which due to being in the corner had to be kicked and was missed, scores 19-10. Substitutions were made by the Pirates due to injuries and this unsettled the side a bit which eventually lead to Morley again using their back line to good effect down the Pirates right to run in a try under the posts to get their try bonus point on 37 mins conversion a gimme to put the score at 26-10, Pirates kicked off and again won the ball back and ended the half in the Morley 22 but couldn’t get through the good tryline defence from Morley.
Half Time score Morley-26 Pirates-10
KO: Pirates kicked off the 2nd half with the wind at their backs and an excellent chase from Steve Lennox who arrived at the Morley catcher a split second after the ball to put in a big hit lead to a turn-over and some good pick and drives from the Pirates lead to Morley giving away a penalty, the Pirates elected to run to keep the pressure on but poor hands lead to a scrum to Morley from which they cleared their lines, a lot of the game was now being played in the middle third of the pitch until and Morley mistake lead to a Pirates scrum just inside the Morley 10m line, a great pick up from the back of the scrum and some confident running from Ivan Drane (and poor tackling from Morley) ended with Ivan touching down by the posts and with the conversion a gimme scores were now 26-17 on 48 mins. The Pirates then went to sleep at the kick off and allowed Morley to recover the kick off and some poor tackling allowed them through to score under the posts and with the conversion put them 33-17 ahead just one minute after the pirates score, Morley received the kick off and again set off towards the Pirates half, some slick hands from a very good Morley back line helped by some poor tackling let them through to score again and convert 40-17 to Morley on 51 mins. From the kick off the Pirates again lead to a turn over from a big hit from Steve Lennox, this then galvanised the Pirates to put in some good attacking rugby with the pack and the backs linking well with a series of driving mauls and rucks lead to Steve Lennox getting over the line but the referee said he was held up, advantage was being played for Morley being offside unfortunately the quick tap led to a knock on and a relieving scrum to Morley. Some good defence from the Pirates was keeping the back line of Morley at bay and eventually forcing errors from them leading to turn overs, some good running from Richie Patterson who had moved into the 10 spot was causing Morley problems in defence it was just the last pass from the Pirates was not going to hand, or one tackle to many was getting stripped by the Morley pack. Good running and offloading from the Morley backs was getting them out of trouble but a poor pass from them led to a line out to the Pirates inside the Morley half, line out was lost and the ball went through the hands for another score under the posts converted to bring the score to 47-17 on 68mins. From the kick off Morley again ran it out and with a 4 on 1 it looked like they were going to score again but instead of using the numbers for some reason the 10 decided to go for the posts on his own, Sky Mckeon got back to make the tackle under the posts and the ball was stripped and with Ivan on hand he ran the ball out of the 22 and into the Morley half forcing them to give away a penalty, the Pirates finished the game well with some good attacking rugby but again the last ball just not going to hand to finish off the move. Pirates forced another penalty which was carried strongly by Man of the Match Steve Lennox up to the Morley line where he was stopped short but The Pirates recycled the ball allowing James Farrington to drive through the middle of the ruck to score and give the Pirates a well-deserved try bonus point, Ivan converted the kick from outside the 15 m line using the wind to bring the ball back in between the uprights to bring the scores to 47-24 on 78 mins, Pirates recovered the kick off well and after a couple of drives from the pack the ball was kicked downfield by Ivan however it crossed the deadball line which led to a scrum back in the Pirates 22, the referee decided that it was time and blew to leave the final score
Morley-47 Pirates-24

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Key moments

Try Stephen Lennox scores for Harrogate Pirates
Try Ollie Davies scores for Harrogate Pirates
Try Ivan Drane scores for Harrogate Pirates
Conversion Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pirates
Try James Farrington scores for Harrogate Pirates
Conversion Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pirates


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77:00 Conversion 0 - 24
Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pirates
76:00 Try 0 - 22
James Farrington scores for Harrogate Pirates
44:00 Conversion 0 - 17
Ivan Drane kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pirates
43:00 Try 0 - 15
Ivan Drane scores for Harrogate Pirates
End of period 1
20:00 Try 0 - 10
Ollie Davies scores for Harrogate Pirates
13:00 Try 0 - 5
Stephen Lennox scores for Harrogate Pirates
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As it happened

  • Morley 3
  • Harrogate Pirates
  • 0
  • Stephen Lennox Try 13:00'
  • Ollie Davies Try 20:00'
  • Ivan Drane Try 43:00'
  • Ivan Drane Conversion 44:00'
  • James Farrington Try 76:00'
  • Ivan Drane Conversion 77:00'

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Team selection

Mckeon, Sky Mckeon, Sky
Harrison, Jordan Harrison, Jordan
Hunter, Thomas Hunter, Thomas
Paterson, Richard Paterson, Richard
Hayter, Ed Hayter, Ed
O'Sullivan, Ricky O'Sullivan, Ricky
Drane, Ivan Drane, Ivan
Bradshaw, Ryan Bradshaw, Ryan
Davies, Ollie Davies, Ollie
Lennox, Stephen Lennox, Stephen
Robertson, Russel Robertson, Russel
Douglas, Neil Douglas, Neil
Klimek, Michal Klimek, Michal
Glasswell, Sean Glasswell, Sean
beckett, steven beckett, steven

League round up

Other Northern League results

Ilkley 3
West Park Leeds 2
Wetherby 2
Moortown 3


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Morley 3 14 61
2. Yarnbury 3 14 54
3. West Park Leeds 2 14 46
4. Ossett 2 11 45
5. Moortown 3 11 43
6. Harrogate Pirates 12 42
7. Selby 3 11 34

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