Rossendale 24 West 20

By Dave Picken - January 21 2012
Rossendale 24 West 20
Coates At the end of the day a losing bonus point at second placed Rossendale isn't a bad return but it could have been even better. ....

The game was played at Sale Sharks training ground – some 25 miles from Rossendale – because the home pitch was unfit after 24 hours of rain.

The surface was fine but there was a gale blowing almost directly down the pitch with the “home” side having the benefit in the first half.

They have a powerful and experienced pack together with some skillful and enterprising backs and set off at a pace.

Kiwi Paddy Pole – scorer of 16 tries last season – was first on the score sheet strolling over with embarrassing ease after six minutes following a scrum ten meters out. Impressive fly half Steven Nutt added the conversion.

Dale kept the pressure on with prop Leyton Taylor barreling over from short range on 17 minutes to make it 14-0.

It was hard work into the elements but a series of pick and drives got us into home territory forcing a penalty just outside the 22. We opted to go for a line out and from the throw Liam Bailey regathered and went over but he had put a foot in touch.

Dale continued to use the wind to play the game in our half and it was little surprise when they finished again from close range. This time it was winger Tom Bedlow who took the final pass.

At 21-0 down after half an hour we had a mountain to climb but our cause was greatly helped by some enterprise from Gareth Foreman just before the break.

Rossendale expected us to kick for touch when we were awarded a penalty on our 22. Instead Gareth took a quick tap and the ball was whipped out Scott Butcher who raced clear from 70 meters and outstripped the cover. The heavens opened for Stu Waites' conversion but he managed it to make it 21-7 at the break.

Rossendale are ideally equipped to play into a gale and they started the second half strongly going further ahead with a penalty .

But we began to use the elements to gain territory and to put pressure on a home side whose more experienced forwards were beginning to run out of steam.

Stu Waites pulled three points back on the hour with a penalty, and then  replacement Colin Cheslin went in at the corner but was judged to have put a foot in touch. From the line-out Adam Coates was quickest to react to a charge down beating scrum half Jamie Albinson to that vital touch. Waites was narrowly wide with the con.From the lione-out 

Colin Cheslin wasn't to be denied a few minutes later when he again showed great finishing to beat three men after we rsan the ball from our half. This time the award was given to put us in bonus point territory but Waites was again just wide.

With five minutes to go, and trailing by just four points Gareth Foreman kicked beautifully intyo the home 22 only for play to brought back to the halfway line for the ref to sin bin substitute Andrew Dixon for retaliation.

Dale were nervous but fought back and they did get themselves a penalty in front of the posts however they couldn't find their kicking tee. As a result the previously dependable Nutt screwed his kick wide.

A slightly bizarre end to a hard fought game which defied the elements.

Rossendale: Will Sharratt, Tom Bedlow, Zyl Wynard, Tom Albinson, Roger Dennison, Stephen Nutt, James Albinson, Danny Greenhaugh, Paul Keys, Leighton Taylor, Pat Pole, Tim Fourie, J Goosen, A Dauncy, Dan Collins. Reps: Ian Marshall Sam Greenwood, Alasdair Harper.

Tries: P Pole, L Taylor, R Dennison.

Cons: Nutt [3]

Pens Nutt [1]

Yellow: D Collins [63]

West: Stu Waites, Scott Butcher, Andrew Cheslin, Gav Robinson, Greg Edwards [C Cheslin 65], Gareth Foreman, Andrew Foreman, Ross Wood [M Hogan 55], Liam Bailey, Adam Coates, Andrew Davies, Ben Lloyd [ A Dixon 55],  Dan Boatman [capt], Jon Boatman, Tom Dixon. Reps: Michael Hogan, Andrew Dixon, Colin Cheslin.

Tries: S Butcher, A Coatews, C Cheslin.

Cons: S Waites [1]

Pens S. Waites [1]

Yellow: A Dixon [75]

Referee: Dean Lythgoe [Northern Society}



Rossendale 24 West 20
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
21/01/2012 23:03
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Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Carlo03 (IP Logged)
22/01/2012 00:19
Unlucky lads, sounds like a well fought game, coatsy seems to be havin a great season! Can anyone spot the deliberate mistake in daves report! I don't think it's the first time he's got his nutts mixed up with his butts!!

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
22/01/2012 13:09
Hard luck West, sounds as if we could have had a win (two foot in touches), but a bonus point at second top who are going well is a good result in anycase. Shows we are there or there abouts with the league top teams and need fear any one as we have said before. Let's just make up for this near miss with a win at Lymm next week.
Well done Stags and Bucks keep up with another win (hard fought it would seem). Did 4ths play at Darlington???

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Peter Wilkinson (IP Logged)
22/01/2012 18:24
Yes the 4ths went to play Darlo 3rds.We took 10 players and were given 5 from the opposition.We tackled our selves almost to a standstill against a much bigger side.Peter Hunter covered every blade of grass both in defence & when we got chance to attack,spence tackled well AGAIN.West created chances but sometimes our handling let us down in what were dificult conditions.Many thanks to Darlo for helping us out & a big pat on the back to you West lads who travelled.It would have been easier not to go so credit to all who did.Four teams playing on a saturday shows we are going in the right direction as a club.
Squad : Kemp,Spence,Tyers,Ringwood,Scott,Cass,Hunter,Mould,Frankland,Wilkinson ( 107 yrs between our half backs )

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 13:15
Video now added to the match report

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
23/01/2012 14:09
Nice to see the backs running the ball especially in those conditions.
Well deserved point by the looks of it.

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Andy Quinn (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 14:39
I was getting excited there for a minute!! I thought WPA was going to say well done to the 4ths who did so well with 10 lads....

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
23/01/2012 14:44
Well done to the 10 who were willing to travel and poor show to their mates who didn't show up.

Am I assuming you won the game as nobody has actually bothered to give us a score. If you did win then very well done.

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Broken Army (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 14:58
I like that Assumption WPA. :-)

Get in, the 4ths have now won 2 this season.

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Andy Quinn (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 14:59
Well done WPA!! and sadly no they got beat but well done to the 10 who went through

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
23/01/2012 15:02
So I am supposed to say well done to a team which was beaten by a secret score.

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
aquinn (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 15:15
no, your supposed to say well done to 10 lads who went through to represent West Hartlepool 4th team knowing they probably would get a stuffing but went anyway to try to ensure the club keeps 4 senior teams going you totally ignorant ******

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 23/01/2012 17:52 by davepicken.

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
23/01/2012 15:24
I did.
'Well done to the 10 who were willing to travel and poor show to their mates who didn't show up. '

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Andy Quinn (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 15:26
West Park Allotment Wrote:
> So I am supposed to say well done to a team which
> was beaten by a secret score.
> Why?

Of course you meant it with the above didnt you. I give up!!

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
23/01/2012 15:41
I was trying to find the score but neither you, Peter Wilky or the Torch Bearer seem to know to be honest.
I have congratulated the lads for travelling. If they put up a good show on the pitch I would further congratulate them for that, If I only knew.

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Broken Army (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 16:02
I wasnt there (no I wasnt an absconder) but I beleive the score was something like 33-7 to Darlo unfortunately.

Still not a bad showing with only 10 players.

Quinny you really know how to win ppl over. ;-)

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Quinny's Counsellor (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 16:17

Remember to attend your Anger Management therapy session on Wednesday at 2pm.

Dale Carnegie

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Andy Quinn (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 16:49
Thanks Dale;)

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Peter Wilkinson (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 18:16
Sorry to WPA the 4ths lost 39 - 7.As for poor show to our mates who didnt turn up,that comment in itself is poor show. I would have expected that from fishface.Some for whatever reason throughout the club are sometimes just not available we try to get 4 full teams week in week out and a lot of time is spent by TMs contacting players to check availability.It,s not like the good old days where a player contacted the club to check who he was selected for,if he didnt already know after training !
Hope that clears the fog.

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Jeeezz WPA (IP Logged)
23/01/2012 19:16
WPA - you said you were going to watch the Bucks. Did you go and what did you think of our teenage pack because I cannot see diddly squat of a good / bad / indifferent comment.

As always you came over like a complete to$$£r & if it was your sacred cow 1st team it would be blah blah blah so why nothing about the Bucks. Shape up because there are 4 teams in this club and also a M&J section with a bunch of people who do a lot more for THEIR club than buy half a shandy and pay their gate fees every other week.

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
smurray (IP Logged)
24/01/2012 10:22
wonder why I came back to the pages. Its all getting a bit bitchy. Qinny, calm down dear.

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
24/01/2012 11:52
I did say I was going to watch the Bucks but to be honest it was just too windy to stand there for 80 minutes.
Sounds like a good game although a massive disappointment that we couldn't raise a front row

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Curious fan (IP Logged)
24/01/2012 11:56
Get Jeremy Kyle in to sort these bitches out!

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
24/01/2012 12:32
i think the time has come to ban WPA>>he is causing too much aggro>>how dare he not heap praise on every West side which takes to the field >>>even if there are only ten of them or they havent even got a front row>>>

Re: Rossendale 24 West 20
24/01/2012 13:18
Actually I am thinking of banning myself.
I have had enough of constantly being pulled up and hectored simply for expressing an opinion.
It's one thing it coming from people with an agenda, like the idiot from the Headland, but another when it's your fellow club members.

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