DMP 2nds go down to strong Harrogate side
Despite a good start and a good finish from the home side, Harrogate convincingly won the bit in between to take home a deserved bonus-point victory.
A solid opening from Mowden saw them take the game to their very committed opponents, and only the illegal holding back of a support runner prevented a try on 12 minutes. The guilty visitor was duly sent to the bin, and he'd hardly left the field before the home side got the try they were due, with fullback, John Allison
, sneaking into the left corner for a well-executed score. The away team began to settle, and it was no real surprise when they opened their account on 26 minutes, following a sustained period of possession. The failed conversion allowed the home side to keep their noses in front, but it wasn't to last. Harrogate stepped it up again, and when they bagged a converted try on 36 minutes, the home team's commitment to running it from everywhere to redress the balance cost them dear, as lost balls led to two further 7-pointers before the break. Without having been particularly inferior, the home side suddenly found themselves well behind at 26-7, and whilst all was still to play for, an early second half score would have been needed if they were to save themselves. Instead the rampant visitors scored again with a powerful clean break down the left wing, and when they repeated the feat from the restart, they were home and dry at 40-7 up. At this point it could have all become a bit embarrassing for Mowden, but the boys are nothing if not game, and they redoubled their efforts for the last quarter. A sustained period of pressure ended with flanker, Josh Smith
, crashing over, and after adding the extras, Jack Blakeney-Edwards
, was soon lining up another conversation following Brandon Asher-Wood
's breakaway from the restart. 40-21 with eighteen minutes to go gave the home team some hope of redemption, but Harrogate put paid to that with a double salvo to move clear again at 54-21. To their great credit, the home side still refused to lie down, and they gained tangible reward for their efforts when left winger, Josh Murray
, powered into the corner on the last play of the game, to earn a 4-try bonus.