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Otley have enough in the tank to narrowly win derby
Harrogate 24, Otley 27
A confident start by Otley enabled them to establish a 17-point lead within 12 minutes in this SSE National League Two North derby.
Gaining possession from their short kick-off, they had Harrogate back-pedalling, only to concede a penalty.
But when the home side went on to the attack, full back Arnie Ellison intercepted, chipped ahead and winger Harry Hudson won the race to touch down in the corner, fly half Mark Ireland converting.
Minutes later a superb cross-kick, after line-out possession, by Ireland was collected by Ellison with a clear run to the line, bringing out another fine conversion from Ireland, who followed with a touchline penalty.
Beginning to realise this was a derby, the contest became more confrontational and Mr Leahy began to hand out yellow cards - three to Harrogate and two to Otley.
This had an obvious effect on the game, Harrogate being the first to benefit when Sam Bottomley went in for a try, converted by No 10 Joe Rowntree.
A penalty from the halfway line from Ireland eased Otley further ahead but they began to lose their way, allowing Bottomley in for a second try, replacement Callum Irvine converting and then adding a penalty.
Now just three points ahead, Otley reacted, typically via Dan Temm, who broke through the home defence, scrum half Stephen Depledge going with him to ground in the corner, Ireland again converting.
With little time left, Harrogate fought on, sub Ben Reavely getting over and Irvine converting but that heralded the final whistle.
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