Brady's stoppage-time heroics set up Aspinall to turn defeat into victory for battling Harrogate

Harrogate 19Westoe 17

Twenty-four hours of heavy rain had turned the pitch into a quagmire and the play suffered accordingly.

In the last move of the match, however, Jake Brady's try, converted by Mike Aspinall, won a very tight game for Harrogate.

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Harrogate went into an early lead following a powerful midfield break from Kyle Dench.

His centre partner, Steve Parsons, carried on the move and Aspinall's miss-pass found Ed Smithies in space on the right wing. Jamie Broadley took the final pass and wrong-footed the defence to score.

Harrogate looked the more dangerous side in possession but, as conditions deteriorated, more handling errors occurred and the game became a forward battle.

A midfield dropped pass surrendered possession to Westoe and the ball was hacked upfield for No 8 Scott to score and put Westoe on level terms.

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Harrogate regained the lead with the last move of the half. A well-constructed three-quarter move followed a break by Parsons and Broadley's second try was converted by Aspinall.

The forward battle continued after the restart with Harrogate's pack matching their powerful counterparts.

Westoe's Gareth Nesbit was as formidable as ever but his efforts were largely nullified by the scrummaging of Harrogate's Jimmy Browne.

Ryan Peacey and Tim Heaton worked tirelessly in defence and attack, making good use of a stream of lineout possession from James Spencer. Browne was at the heart of everything.

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Westoe eventually broke the deadlock with a try which, again, came from a Harrogate dropped ball in midfield before a series of Westoe driving mauls resulted in a second try for Scott.

Harrogate continued to attack but a combination of handling errors and good Westoe defence kept them out. Another Westoe try came from yet another piece of midfield mishandling from Harrogate. Westoe drove towards the line and, when the ball was chipped forward, Harrogate were judged to have illegally prevented a score and a penalty try was awarded, converted by Rayner.

This put Westoe into a five-point lead with 12 minutes of normal time remaining.

Harrogate set up wave after wave of attack but Westoe's desperate defence held out until the sixth minute of stoppage time. Brady drove over near the posts from a driving maul to level the scores and Aspinall's conversion, with the final kick of the match clinched victory.

Caldy 36

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For the second week in a row, Huddersfield matched one of the best sides in the division in the first half only to see their opponents take the game away from them after the break.

In an encouraging display against the second-placed side, the young Huddersfield team reached the interval all square at 8-8 thanks to a penalty from Chris Johnson and a try from Adam Whitehead.

But in the second half, Caldy started to dominate and ran in four more tries before Huddersfield produced a late rally with Mark Whitehead going over and Johnson adding the conversion.

Huddersfield have completed their fixtures against the top sides in the division and if they can maintain their first-half form against some of the division's lesser teams, they should be able to climb away from the danger zone in the closing weeks.