Unusually, the weather forecast was more encouraging for the north of England than in the south yesterday in mid-September, and that's how it proved to be. Warm sun shone throughout the home ground of Harrogate Rugby Club for their National Division Two North encounter with South Leicester.
However, the metaphorical sun was absent for the home team and supporters as they were ultimately well defeated by a score of 16-34. This was despite an encouraging first half and a long period during which they led. They've lost a number of long-serving key players in the close season and in the second half this began to show.
More powerful in the scrum during the first period; indeed their single try came from one, this dominance wasn't maintained in the second forty and South Leicester, always dangerous, took full advantage.
In a sense it was a tad disappointing photographically too. Shortly before Harrogate's try ickledot had made his customary move to the 22m line to grab some side-on action - the classic touch down shot was missed. However, as mentioned in the past, while one may miss tries in this manner when positioned on the sidelines, often the most dramatic of action shots and portraits can be found there.
And so it was yesterday. A number of very pleasing (to me anyway!) views of the try scoring scrum, both beforehand and during the play. While the number of shots may have been diminished as long periods of play occurred at the other end of the pitch, a smaller number of 'jewels' made the trip worthwhile.