Skipton need to show same fight to pull away from relegation zone

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Skipton remain in the relegation zone but their much-changed side showed enough character in defeat to suggest they can pull clear of trouble.

Goole are clear leaders of Yorkshire Division Three and showed themselves to be a well-organised team and a slick unit.

However, Skipton started brightly and caused early problems with Luke Stock- ton, Charlie Brown Darren Howson and Jeremy Har- greaves all being stopped short of the line by the resolute defence that has served Goole so well this season.

Skipton were unlucky not to open the scoring when a penalty kick by Hargreaves rebounded back into play off an upright.

Unfortunately a lapse of concentration and some weak tackling allowed Goole to launch a counter attack which resulted in a well- taken converted try.

Skipton came right back at Goole and Hargreaves kicked a magnificent penalty from just inside the Goole half.

For the next 20 minutes there was no further scoring with experienced Brian Broxham and George Smith- son working hard.

An injury to Jordon Emmison meant a rare appearance for Rob Morgan in the front row where he was joined by debutant Troy Johnson when Ian Herron to sustained a leg problem.

Neither of the replacements took a backward step for the remainder of the game.

Unfortunately, the Reds were punished for a number of missed tackles as the visitors gradually built their score.

Howson probed and tested the Goole defence on several occasions., while Charlie Brown was always in the thick of the action.

One of the Skipton highlights came late in the game. Goole’s rampaging backs looked set to score a try when


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