Wheatley Hills 30 West 22

By Dave Picken - November 3 2013
Wheatley Hills 30  West 22
Butcher With just a few minutes left and just a three point difference this could have been anybody's game. Unfortunately, it was the home side who seized the initiative with a great try from elusive winger Rob Worrincy.

A missed first tackle in midfield let in the Hills danger man who raced diagonally across the 22 to beat the cover  and go in at the corner.  The immaculate boot of home full back Johnny Woodcock denied West the losing bonus point we had probably deserved.

We had to shuffle the pack with both regular second rows – Michael Hogan and Owen Bennett – unavailable and No 8 Sam Miller  suffering from a calf injury.

Skipper Dan Boatman moved up to the second row to partner Andy Robson with Chris Atkins and No 8 Andy Turner partnering Jonny Boatman in the back row.

We had the wind and the sun at our backs from the kick off and took the game to the hosts. For the first four minutes the West forwards were camped on the home line leading to the award of four penalties.

Instead of going for goal we opted for line-outs which resulted in some ferocious scrambles on the line - but the home defence held out.

We continued to pressure and were awarded a penalty on 12 minutes which would normally have been a gift for Stu Waites - however the wind dragged his effort wide. He succeeded with a much harder kick from the touchline just three minutes later.

This time it was a conversion after West pressure, again in the left corner,  saw a clearing kick charged down and Adam Coates winning the race to touch the ball down.

Hills drew level when prop Kris Fullman finished off a forwards drive after Jon Boatman was penalised for breaking off from the scrum.

Skipper Dan Boatman was then yellow carded for dangerous play in a maul and Hills capitalised with their first concerted series of attacks.

They went ahead when centre Mike Hayward was allowed to break back across the face of the posts and his looping pass found flanker Tom Buckenham who dived over in the corner.

Woodcock missed the conversion,  but Hills turned round with a 12-7 lead and the strengthening wind and low sun at their backs.

They went further ahead with a penalty before West drove back into their half.  Andrew Rollins made a break which got the visitors into a strong attacking position just inside the 22,  but as the bodies piled in we were penalised for a knock on and the chance was lost.

Waites did pull three points back with a penalty on 54 minutes but Woodcock replied almost immediately.

Great defence on the line kept  Hills out during a frenzied spell which saw the reputedly 20 stone No 8 Gaz Burns repeatedly tackled as he tried to add to the 13 tries he already has to his name so far this season.

We eventually got a relieving penalty decision and worked our way back for Andy Turner to crown an excellent personal performance with a try.

We attacked on the 22 and first went left before the ball was whipped back to the right where Turner joined the line in the outside centre position. He took his chance to speed through the defence to dive over.

The conversion was missed but at 18-15 we were again very much in the game.

The next score was an important one and it went to Hills. Scrum half Matt Poste went on the blind side from a scrum and winger Worrincy found himself in space and beat despairing tackles from Peter Youll and Luke Mallinson. Woodcock again added the two points from close to the touchline.

Undeterred West fought back  and Turner was again involved on the right as we got our third try to keep the game alive.

The No 8 made the initial break just outside the 22, but Scott Butcher still had plenty to do as he collected the pass close to the touchline. He stepped inside to beat the cover and Waites managed the conversion to close the margin to just three points.

The last five minutes saw both sides going for it . However,  it was that man Worrincy who had the final word.


Wheatley Hills: Johnny Woodcock, Chris Blessed, Jordan Ajimati, Mike Hayward, Rob Worrincy, Mark Sanderson, Matt Poste, Anton O’Donnell, Brad Stevenson, Kris Fullman, Dan Undy, Gareth Manuel, Tom Buckenham [c], Ryan Craswell, Gaz Burns. Reps [all used] : Mark Cahill, Stuart Tijanic, Sam Oxley.

Tries: Worrancy [2], Beckenham, Fullman,

Cons: Woodcock [3]

Pens: Woodcock [2]

West:  Luke Mallinson, Scott Butcher,  Andrew Cheslin, Liam Bailey, Peter Youll,  Stu Waites, Ryan Painter, Ian Pinchen,  Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates,  Andy Robson, Dan Boatman [c], Andy Turner, Chris Atkins,   Jon Boatman

Reps [all used]: Andrew Dixon, Colin Cheslin, Thomas Shaw.

Tries: Coates, Turner, Butcher.

Cons: Waites [2]

Pens: Waites [1]

Yellow: D Boatman



Wheatley Hills 30 West 22
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
03/11/2013 11:41
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Re: Wheatley Hills 30 West 22
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
04/11/2013 03:45
Unfortunate we missed out on the bonus point, and yet another late score for the opposition!!! Most sides I believe will find it difficult to come away from Hills with any points, but sounds as if we deserved something out of the game. Blooded some new young talent too which is the bonus we have. Need to build up for next week which now becomes a vital game if we are not to become also rans this season!!!

Re: Wheatley Hills 30 West 22
Chocky's Butler (IP Logged)
04/11/2013 11:47
Not a good day really with the Stags not being able to get a side out and Mowden crying off playing the Bucks because their side is too young.
I must admit I thought the firsts would win at Wheatley Hills who havent had a good start to the season. We cant afford many more slips ups.
Heard Andy Robbo and Turner had good games though.

How many lads going to see England v Argentina this week?

Re: Wheatley Hills 30 West 22
04/11/2013 16:08
Hopefully none. Any complacency because Sheffield are having a bad run will cost us.
All the other clubs in the top five have to come to Brinkburn so there's lots to play although you have to beat the teams in the bottom half on their own pitches.

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