Harrogate 24 West 17

By Dave Picken - October 20 2012
Harrogate 24 West 17
Coates Before the game we would probably have been happy with a promise of a bonus point at unbeaten Harrogate. We still were but as things unfolded we certainly had the opportunities to have come away with more ...

Claro Road was quiet for long periods as we shared six tries with the top of the league side only losing out in the kicking stakes.

Harrogate went ahead with a penalty from scrum half Joe Rowntree in the third minute. We came straight back and it was no surprise when Adam Coates got himself on the end of a jinking run from  Stu Waites to dive over on seven minutes.

Unfortunately,  Stu couldn’t add the conversion, and Gate regained the lead with a second penalty from long range after referee Claire Hodnett  gave an offside.

We continued to attack only to give the ball away deep in the Harrogate half. Two missed tackles later and lively winger James Audsley-Beck raced down into the corner to make it 11-5.

Waites was just short with a 45 meter penalty attempt  before we got ourtheir second try – again from Coates.

 It came from a line–out on the home 22 which saw Michael Hogan take crash ball close to the line with Coates the man to touch down from the resulting maul.  Waites again couldn’t add the points but at 11-10 at the break we were in with more than a shout.

We then had an early chance of taking the lead in the second half only for Waites’s penalty from 25 metres to go narrowly wide.

 Instead  it was the home side who increased their lead. Again we failed to make touch with a clearance kick and Harrogate ran the ball straight back and  opened up space on the left for Audsley-Beck to get his second try.

Sadly, for the winger he received a serious leg injury as he went in to a tackle in midfield  and was stretchered off to hospital. We wish him a very speedy recovery.

At 16-10 the next score was an important one and it went to the home side with replacement  Phil Wickham sending a 40 metre penalty soaring between the posts.

Again we came backwith a superb 20 meter break from Waites on 70 minutes ngett5ing us into thye 22. Home prop Steve Maycock used an elbow as Harrogate defended desperately and went to the bin.

Waites kicked for the line-out setting up a maul which saw the forwards drive over the line - sadly they were judged to have been held up.

The visitors continued to be the side which looked the most likely to score and appeared to have a golden chance on 75 minutes when we forced a five meter scrum.

Much to the frustration  of the West bench and supporters we were penalised on our own put in and Harrogate cleared to set up their own pressure down the West right.

The visiting forwards did turn the ball over but the clearance kick was way short of touch. Once again Harrogate took their opportunity with fly half Mike Aspinall finishing off the move and putting the game out of West’s reach at 24-10.

But we were determined not to come back empty handed and  Rollins was driven over by Andrew Dixon over from close range after intense pressure.  Waites ensuring the bonus point with the last kick of the game.

Harrogate: Rob Almond, Noel Minikin, Kyle Dench, Sam Bottomley, James Audsley-Beck, Mike Aspinall, Joe Rowntree, Dan Metcalfe, Steve Maycock, Ben Innes, Tom Harvey, Max Lewis, Chris Wilson, Tim Heaton, Jacob Brady. Reps: Phil Wickham, Nathan Smith, Dom Musetti.

Tries: Audsley-Beck [2], Aspinall [1].

Pens: Rowntree [2], Wickham [1].

Yellow: Maycock.

West: David Heckles, Greg Edwards, Andrew Cheslin, Luke Watson, Colin Cheslin, Stu Waites, Andrew Foreman, Ian Pinchen, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Andrew Davies, Michael Hogan, Dan Boatman, Jon Boatman, Stewart  Grazier. Reps: Andrew Dixon, Nathan Myers, Martin Boatman.

Tries: Coates [2], Rollins [1].

Cons: Waites [1]

Yellow: Coates.

Referee: Claire Hodnett  [North Society]

Harrogate 24 West 17
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
20/10/2012 19:34
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Re: Harrogate 24 West 17
Dogtrack (IP Logged)
21/10/2012 15:07
Sounds encouraging ... three out of the next four at home, all against teams within reach just above us.
Let's go ...

Re: Harrogate 24 West 17
old shepherd (IP Logged)
22/10/2012 08:53
Come on lads.. you can do it. best of luck ..

Re: Harrogate 24 West 17
22/10/2012 11:50
Things are continuing to improve. Bradford and Bingley will not be an easy game this week and I see they have Henry Paul playing for them!

Re: Harrogate 24 West 17
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
22/10/2012 12:04
they must have a few bob to throw around>>just think he must be nearly 40 now and after an illustrious career in both codes and in both hemispheres he lands up in your cabins>>>that'll be in his memoirs>>>

Re: Harrogate 24 West 17
Peter Wilkinson (IP Logged)
22/10/2012 19:06
get yasel there SCH you will learn something

Re: Harrogate 24 West 17
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
23/10/2012 09:53
Hard luck WEST but sounds as if it was a good performance and THE upset nearly came off!!! But let's keep it going and the next 4 weeks could see us into the mid table if we apply ourselves correctly. Just back on internet here in not so sunny south Turkey, so sorry for the delay!!!

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