Northern 6 West 24

By Dave Picken - September 8 2013
Northern 6 West 24
Two Tries A thoroughly workmanlike performance got the season off to the start which pre-season had promised. It was punctuated by superb breaks from Jonny Boatman and Stu Waites plus two tries from Jonny-on-the-spot Sam Miller.

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Northern are one of the fancied teams in this league, but they were thwarted by relentless West tackling and  eventually ran out of steam.

The hosts began the stronger going into the lead on three minutes after Dan Boatman strayed offside giving Dom Fawcett an easy shot at the three points.

We got back on level terms when Jon Boatman broke into the Northern half with the defenders penalised for going over the top. Stu Waites stepping up to add the points.

The older Boatman brother continued to be at the centre of the action and earned the wrath of referee Andrew Scott after 18 minutes. He was yellow carded for an offence at the breakdown, but so was home hooker Sam Wilson with the penalty reversed in West’s favour.

We opted to kick for a line-out. It proved to be the right decision as the forwards gained possession and mauled their way to the home line where Miller dived over.

Stu Waites added a superb conversion from close to the touchline and straight into the strong breeze.

We were gaining in confidence as the game went on and once again were more than holding our own against a much bigger pack.

When Northern did gain possession their backs were knocked back by some superb tackling from Liam Bailey and Andrew Cheslin as well as several massive hits fromPeter Youll.

The home side were getting frustrated with No 4 Kieran Dannatt earning the wrath of the visiting supporters on several occasions - Jonny Boatman received a similar reaction from the McCracken Park faithfull.

Northern did manage to reduce the deficit just before the break with another penalty from Fawcett.

With the wind at our backs in the second half we continued to dominate and it was no surprise when we went further ahead after 47 minutes. 

The forwards secured quick ball on the left. Ryan Painter fed Stu Waites who beat his opposite number on the inside before racing away passed several despairing  tackles   to  go in behind the posts and set himself up for an easy conversion.

Painter came close when he went himself after we had again spurned a penalty opportunity to go for a line-out. The scrum half was held up over the line and the home side managed to clear.

But West were not to be denied for too long. Northern made a mess of a line–out on the half way line with Jonny Boatman collecting the overthrow at the rear and making yet another charge at the home backs.

His sheer speed took him clear and he looked to be going all the way until full back Rory Gibson managed to bring him down ten metres from the line.

Once again Sam Miller was there to pick up and go over beneath the posts to round off the afternoon’s scoring.

We were on the verge of a try bonus point but just failed to take several chances

 Northern: 15. Rory Gibson, 14 Graham Jardine, 13 Alex Clark, 12 Spike Strang, 11 Dom Fawcett,10  Patrick Harper, 9 David Kay,  1 Oliver Holtam, 2 Sam Wilson, 3 Jon Bonner,  4 Kieran Dannatt, 5 Andrew Scott,6 Barry Blackburn 7 Pat Power, 8 Thom McCullough. Reps: Larne Jones, Alan Douglas, Sam Thorne

Pens: Fawcett (20

Yellow: Wilson

West: 15 Luke Mallinson 14 Scott Butcher 13 Andrew Cheslin 12 Liam Bailey 11 Peter Youll 10 Stuart Waites 9 Ryan Painter 1 Ross Wood 2 Andrew Rollins 3 Adam Coates 4 Michael Hogan 5 Dan Boatman [c] 6 Chris Atkins 7 Jon Boatman 8 Sam Miller   16 Andrew Dixon [FR] 17 Jay Corbett 18 Greg Edwards.

Tries: Miller (2), Waites

Cons: Waites (3)

Pens: Waites (1)

Yellow: J Boatman

Referee: Andrew Scott [Yorkshire]

Northern 6 West 24
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
08/09/2013 10:51
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Re: Northern 6 West 24
spelk (IP Logged)
08/09/2013 13:05
Big thanks to the support yesterday, especially from the players who were unable to play yesterday (Pinhead, Owen & Armo) #WestFamily

Re: Northern 6 West 24
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
08/09/2013 14:32
By the way the RFU league table had Rochdale top with five points. However they are starting the season on minus 8 points as one of their other teams ( I think it was their fourths) fielded an under age player in a game last season. That's hard on the first team but a warning to all other clubs.

Re: Northern 6 West 24
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
09/09/2013 05:38
Pity about the bonus point but sounds like a good performance never the less, probably the best away result, so very encouraging. The unity and support soeems admirable too!!Now to keep it up for the season!!!

Re: Northern 6 West 24
09/09/2013 11:07
DP you are righht it is a very young team and they look even younger when they're not in their rugby shirts.
You cannot ask anymore than to win your first league match away from home so well done to all involved.
Really looking forward to the first home game let's get everyone along, and give the lads the support they're deserve for their hard work in the summer and the way they have played so far this season.

Re: Northern 6 West 24
MikeyBoy (IP Logged)
09/09/2013 12:06
great to start the season with a win, especially away from home

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