Malton & Norton 25 West 21

By Dave Picken - January 12 2014
Malton & Norton 25 West 21 A final flourish earned us a bonus point but failed to bring home the bacon against a determined and committed Malton and Norton who deserved their victory. In a scrappy game, where there were  unusually no yellow cards for either side, the home team were playing as if their lives depended on the result  constantly frustrating West’s attempts to build up some phases ..

 

We began the game in style forcing the home defence back and taking the lead after just one minute - Stu Waites slotted a penalty from  in front  of the posts.

From the restart Malton and Norton equalised through a penalty from of fly half Chuck Ramsay and in a helter skelter opening scored the first try of the game.

It came as we  mounted a promising attack on the left, but  possession was lost in the home 22 and lively Tongan winger  Leki Atiola brushed off two half hearted tackle and  broke down the right wing to set up full back Ian Cooke who went in behind the posts.

We came back but the home side were abale to keep us awsay from thjeir likne and we had to be comntent with  two moree penalties from Stu Waites.

 It was 10-9 at the break and anybody’s game but it was the home side who came out with more purpose.

Just two minutes into the half they pressured their way into the corner and  flanker Ali Coe went over.

Ramsay missed the touchline conversion, but he didn’t fail eight minutes later after scrum half Tom Boyle wriggled over after a tap penalty ten metres out.

At 22-9 the game looked like it may suddenly be running way but the West  forwards began to assert themselves.  A succession of penalties led to a line-out in the corner and from the catch and drive Jonny Boatman got over.

With less than one score in the game Ramsay then slotted a vital penalty from wide on the right to extend the home lead to nine points.

The lead was quickly reduced again as the West pack ground their way back into contention.

Replacement prop Jack Angus got over on 70 minutes however thee home defenders were quick to dive in and the unsighted referee gave a five metre scrum. Angus was back over  a minute later but this time was plainly held up.

Still West were not to be denied and from another five metre scrum Sam Miller picked up at No 8 and forced his way through a gap on the line.

Waites was just wide with his conversion and as the game neared its conclusion we needed a try if we were to take the points.

We attacked through Bailey and Colin Cheslin up the right only for winger Luke Mallinson to be  squeezed out of space on the touchline. He cut back inside on a  promising run, but the referee judged that there had been some crossing in what proved to be the final action of the game.

 

Malton and Norton: Ian Cooke, Paul Angus, Ben Woodhouse, Pat Fifita, Setaleki Atiola, Charlie Ramsay, Tom Boyle, Paul Dobson, Simon Thompson, Ed Gwilliam, Mark Bradshaw, Sean Emms, Alistair Coe, George Harrison, Sam Triffitt [c]. Changes [all used] : Harry Shepherd, Adam Turnbull, Tom Parsons.

Tries: Cooke, Coe, Boyle.

Cons: Ramsay 2

Pens: Ramsay 2

West: Stu Waites, Scott Butcher, Greg Edwards,  Liam Bailey, Luke Mallinson, Davy Tighe, Ryan Painter, Ian Pinchen, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Owen Bennett, Michael Hogan, Dan Boatman [c], Jon Boatman, Sam Miller. Changes [all used]: Colin Cheslin, Jack Angus, Jay Corbett.

Tries: J Boatman, Miller.

Cons: Waites 1

Pens: Waites 3

 

Referee: J. Wolstenholme [South Yorks]

 

 
Malton & Norton 25 West 21
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
12/01/2014 11:32
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Re: Malton & Norton 25 West 21
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
12/01/2014 13:30
As expected M & N were up for the game. Real shame we did not take the points and the bonus point with our final surge, especially with Huddersfield and Rochdale doing so well. Rochdale and Cleckheaton now become the real big games at home. Let us hope we can keep up our home record or for sure we will not be in contention come end of season. At least we kept going until the very end.

 
Re: Malton & Norton 25 West 21
13/01/2014 14:18
Some tricky home games home games coming up starting this week so let's hope we can show the same kind of determination that Malton did.

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