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Your News Harrogate 20 - Fylde 30

Fylde broke a very unwelcome record of nine successive defeats over 17 years at Claro Road when they scored three unanswered tries in the final 15 minutes against a useful Harrogate side. They turned around a deficit of 15-20 with tries by Richard Kenyon, Steve McGinnis and Dan Waller to take maximum points from the game and now have the narrowest of leads at the top of the N2N table.

Harrogate got off to a fantastic start with a superb 1st minute try by outstanding centre James Broadley when he scythed through the Fylde midfield and sprinted 50m to score under the posts. Player-coach Mike Aspinall converted for a 7-0 lead. Fylde then controlled the next 15 minutes and centre Mike Waywell reduced the deficit with a penalty after 6 minutes. Then, after 10 minutes and following a powerful driving maul, Waywell cut through for a neat try under the posts. He kicked the conversion and Fylde were in the lead by 10-7.

Harrogate dominated the last 20 minutes of the first half with slashing attacks by their backline. Their axis at 10, 12 & 13 - Mike Aspinall, Kyle Dench and James Broadley - seemed to cut through the Fylde backline at will. On three occasions they looked certain to score. Twice Oli Brennand somehow managed to intercept the final misdirected passes. On the third occasion, a wonderful tackle by flanker Dan Waller on winger Rob Almond in the very corner prevented a definite try. So Fylde had a 10-7 lead at the interval and Gate could count themselves unfortunate not to have a clear lead.

The tight exchanges were well contested, with Fylde having the edge in the scrummages in the first period and Harrogate's lineout looking highly efficient throughout. But it was the dynamism of Fylde's forward play in the loose which gave them a decisive advantage throughout the game. Whilst their off-loading, fluid style of play didn't always come off, the visiting pack consistently looked more dangerous in broken play.

Harrogate started the 2nd half as they finished the 1st and within 5 minutes of the restart Aspinall had equalled the scores with a straightforward penalty. Matters got worse for Fylde four minutes later when 'Gate set up a lovely long range attack down their right and flanker Alex Rieder was on hand to beat full-back Martin Wallwork's tackle and to score in the corner. Aspinall put over an impressive conversion from the touchline to give his side a clear 17-10 advantage.

A determined Fylde attack up their right side on 52 minutes saw a brave run by young winger Tom Hart who almost squeezed into the corner. He was stopped but from recycled ball, scrum-half Craig Aikman claimed the touchdown. Waywell's attempted conversion drifted wide but the deficit had been reduced to 15-17.

An important event happened on 63 minutes when the ever dangerous centre Broadley was helped off with a leg injury. The 'Gate backline was never as effective thereafter. However, a minute later Aspinall converted another penalty to take the score to 20-15 to the home side.

Fylde then took decisive control of the game. They continued to throw the ball around, although not always accurately.

Fylde's backs and forwards launched numerous driving attacks inside the Harrogate half. On 69 minutes, a series of darts at the 'Gate line saw fly-half Richard Kenyon barge his way over for a try. Waywell's attempted conversion once again drifted wide but the scores were level. Fylde flanker Steve McGinnis was as inspirational as ever with another all action display. One minute he was sprinting through the middle before being tackled five metres from the line. But on 76 minutes he was on the end of another Fylde attack for the most deserved try of the day, and a fourth try bonus point was earned.

In the last minute of ordinary time, a powerful run by former Warrington Wolves winger Matty Lomax, who had come on as a replacement for Hart, showed his great potential. Waywell broke a weak tackle and raced clear before throwing a delightful floated pass wide to flanker Waller 30m out from the Harrogate line. The pacey youngster raced clear down the touchline to outpace the visibly tiring Harrogate defence and clinch the win in fine style.

Fylde go to the top of N2N as a result of this victory. They will look forward to next Saturday's crucial game at the Woodlands where they play similarly unbeaten Leicester Lions.

HARROGATE: 15 Ed Smithies; 14 Robert Almond, 13 Kyle Dench, 12 Jamie Broadley (Tom Bugge 62), 11 Noel Minikin; 10 Mike Aspinall, 9 Philip Wickham; 1 James Browne (Jeffrey Watt 76), 2 Steve Maycock, 3 Andrew Fraser (Ben Reaveley 79), 4 Jacob Brady (Robert Johnson 79), 5 James Spencer, 6 Alex Rieder (Nick Beaumont 69), 7 Daniel Harland, 8 Andrew Enston.

Tries: Broadley 1; Rieder 49. Conv.: Aspinall x2. Pen. Aspinall 45, 64.

FYLDE: 15 Martin Wallwork; 14 Tom Hart (Matt Lomax 50), 13 Stephen Briers, 12 Mike Waywell, 11 Oliver Brennand; 10 Richard Kenyon, 9 Craig Aikman (Callum McShane 73); 1 Tony Thoma (Tom Lavelle 50), 2 Jonny Roddam, 3 Peter Altham, 4 Paul Arnold, 5 Grant Ferguson, 6 Daniel Waller, 7 Steve McGinnis (Ali Sutherland 79), 8 Sam Beaumont. Non-playing replacement: Dan Madden.

Tries: Waywell 10; Aikman 52; Kenyon 69; McGinnis 76; Waller 79. Conv.: Waywell x1; Pen.: Waywell 6.

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