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S Jones, C Clough, T Curtis
J Ryan
Sat 16 Sep TBC - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division 4 North West

Knaresborough 24-17 Halifax

Halifax rue slow start as they suffer defeat to Knaresborough

Halifax RUFC were made to pay for a poor first half as they slipped to a 24-17 defeat to Knaresborough.

Buoyed by a 48-0 win over Thirsk last time out, Halifax had travelled to Hay-A-Park full of confidence.

However they faced a Knaresborough side packed with Pacific Islanders, who added pace and power to their back line. And it was the home side's backs who opened the scoring when they exploited the space created after the referee missed an off the ball incident.

Halifax responded well and an opportunist move from Callum Bowmer and Tony Curtis created the room for Stephen Jones to score.

Halifax were hampered by the loss of fly-half Paul Knapping with a hamstring injury and Knaresborough were able to exploit the gaps in the back line to extend their lead to 14-5.

And it was 21-5 at the break as Knaresborough's backs found the space out wide after a poor clearing kick.

Halifax were rightly read the riot act at the break, but they found themselves 24-5 down when the hosts slotted over a penalty.

Halifax finally woke from their slumber and were rewarded for a sustained spell of pressure with a try through new signing Chris Clough.

Halifax were now in the ascendancy, with repeated infringements at the breakdown seeing the home side reduced to 14 men. And a rolling maul resulted in a try for Curtis with Jack Ryan's conversion cutting the deficit to seven points.

Halifax threw everything at Knaresborough in a bid to pull level but could find no way through and were reduced to 14 men as Clough was sin binned.

Halifax will next entertain York RI in the first round of the Yorkshire Vase.

Jack Pilcher

Player of the Match

Jack Pilcher

Key moments

Try Stephen Jones scores for Halifax
Try Chris Clough scores for Halifax
Try Tony Curtis scores for Halifax
Conversion Jack Ryan kicks a conversion for Halifax


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80:00 Player of the Match
Jack Pilcher is awarded player of the match for Halifax
47:00 Yellow Card
Chris Clough is yellow carded for Halifax
46:00 Sub On
Craig Smith is substituted on for Halifax
45:00 Sub On
Luke Dyson is substituted on for Halifax
44:00 Sub On
James Myers is substituted on for Halifax
43:00 Conversion 0 - 17
Jack Ryan kicks a conversion for Halifax
42:00 Try 0 - 15
Tony Curtis scores for Halifax
41:30 Missed Conversion
Jack Ryan misses a conversion for Halifax
41:00 Try 0 - 10
Chris Clough scores for Halifax
End of period 1
2:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Knapping misses a conversion for Halifax
1:00 Try 0 - 5
Stephen Jones scores for Halifax
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Knaresborough
  • Halifax
  • 0
  • Stephen Jones Try 1:00'
  • Chris Clough Try 41:00'
  • Tony Curtis Try 42:00'
  • Jack Ryan Conversion 43:00'
  • James Myers Sub On 44:00'
  • Luke Dyson Sub On 45:00'
  • Craig Smith Sub On 46:00'
  • Chris Clough Yellow Card 47:00'

Team selection

Ryan, Jack Ryan, Jack
Clough, Chris Clough, Chris
Turner, Toby Turner, Toby
Gallagher, Sam Gallagher, Sam
Saiao, Alex Saiao, Alex
Knapping, Paul Knapping, Paul
Bowmer, Callum Bowmer, Callum
Walsh, Greg Walsh, Greg
Mercer, Elliot Mercer, Elliot
Curtis, Tony Curtis, Tony
Jones, Stephen Jones, Stephen
Palmer, Harry Palmer, Harry
Pilcher, Jack Pilcher, Jack
Elvidge, Nick Elvidge, Nick
West, Tom West, Tom

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Leeds Corinthians 12 45
2. Knaresborough 12 45
3. Burley 11 39
4. Wibsey 12 30
5. Bramley Phoenix 11 19
6. Halifax 11 11
7. Thirsk 11 7

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