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Aireborough serve up tasty display
10:39am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
Aireborough 27 Old Grovians 20
A number of Aireborough’s former players met and had lunch before this local derby against newly-promoted Old Grovians at Nunroyd Park on Saturday.
Afterwards the two teams served up an entertaining desert for them.
The match proved to be exciting throughout and its see-saw nature meant there was plenty to enjoy.
Both sides produced some good open rugby and Aire- borough were delighted that their efforts were rewarded with a bonus-point win.
In contrast it was another narrow defeat for Old Grovians who are still finding their feet in York- shire Division Three after their promotion.
Aireborough started well but the visiting defence held firm and it was only after ten minutes that the home side opened the scoring with a Nick Holdsworth penalty.
Further pressure five minutes later saw Holds- worth give an inside ball to captain and hooker Nick Jackson who scampered over the line for a try.
Holdsworth had no trouble adding the conversion.
Grovians were in no mood to buckle and exerted their own pressure.
In almost a copy of what Aireborough had done ear- lier they came away with a penalty and then scored a converted try to level the scores after 25 minutes.
Further pressure earned them a penalty but Airebor- ough hit back with some fine forward play leading to a well-taken try by back rower James Exley, converted by Holdsworth.
From the restart Airebor- ough again found them- selves on the back foot with the visitors moving the ball along the line for a converted try.
With half-time approach- ing the home forwards once again exerted pressure, which produced a try for Jonny Mackey.
Aireborough led 22-20 after an entertaining first half.
The second half produced only one score but that did not mean it lacked intensity or drama.
The spectators were treated to some tight exchanges.
Both side pressed for an opening but the only try of the half coming when Aireborough’s full back Tony Clitheroe took a ball in his own half and outpaced the Grovians cover before kick- ing ahead for winger Gareth Poole to score
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