Late error costs promotion-hunting ‘Boro as Pythons get Burleyed

Photo by Stuart Roebuck
Photo by Stuart Roebuck

Knaresborough RUFC’s storming start to their Yorkshire five campaign came to an abrupt end on Saturday as they crashed to a 13-10 defeat at Wensleydale.

‘Boro travelled to Wensleydale with high aspirations having conquered Wibsey 95-0 in their last league game.

However, Adam Pike’s side started poorly. ‘Dale had an aggressive mentality to their game and the home side scored an early converted try.

Their lead didn’t last long as ‘Boro fly-half George Poole placed down for a try converted by Sean Whitelow.

Whitelow then slotted over a penalty to hand ‘Boro the lead into half-time.

Simple mistakes crept in for Knaresborough and a high tackle from captain James Rawlings saw Wensleydale claw back the points and level.

Another silly penalty under the posts saw Wensleydale take the lead.

The last 10 minutes were all spent in Wensleydale’s half but nothing came of Knaresborough’s pressure.

And Rawlings was left ruing a late decision to go for a try rather than take an easy penalty.

Head coach Adam Pike said: “Overall, it was a good performance.

“They were very tough opponents on their own doorsteps. It’s been a slight knock in our confidence but I am sure we will pick back up.”

Knaresborough are at home on to Stanley Rodillians (kick-off 3pm).

“They are another organised side and one going for promotion,” Pike added.

“It will be another tough battle but the lads will take the upset from this week and take it too them.”

Harrogate RUFC’s newly formed third side continued their excellent start to the season as they thrashed second-placed Harrogate Pirates 49-21.

Despite being at a disadvantage physically, the thirds played with intelligence, moving the ball out wide whenever possible and the pace of their three-quarter line proved the difference.

James Tapster led by example and linked superbly with new recruits, Fijian centre Bali and the pacy winger Matt Halpin.

Jack Elacott proved to be the third XV’s stand out performer.

‘Gate 3rds top the Central/North District Merit Table after four games. They host Wetherby 2nds this Saturday.

Harrogate Pythons fell to seventh in Yorkshire Three after they lost to struggling Burley 45-31 on Saturday.

The Pythons travel to third-placed Castleford on Saturday.

Northallerton edged high-flying Rotherham Phoenix 16-10 at home in Yorkshire Three.

Greg Aspin to race nearly the entire length of the pitch to score in the corner.

North and Johnny Franks scored first-half unconverted tries before Dan Luck slotted home two penalties either side of half time.

Rotherham fought to score a winning try for more than 20 minutes, but North held firm.