West 15 Ilkley 25

By El Pedro - October 4 2014
West 15 Ilkley 25 No comeback this time around as we suffered our first home defeat of the season at the hands of Ilkley.

The newcomers to North One East return to West Yorkshire with the points, a good away win for them which will feel all the sweeter having denied us a losing bonus in the dying minutes. The visitors always looked lively in possession and fully deserved their victory, capitalising well on their scoring opportunities.


An entertaining first half saw the lead change hands six times as the two sides traded scores and appeared fairly evenly matched. Stu Waites thumped a penalty over from half way just 2 minutes in for the early lead but pacey winger Ben Magee put Ilkley ahead with a typical winger’s try, capitalising on an overlap on the left. Josh Kimber added the conversion.

 Bennett jumping

We grabbed the lead back four minutes later when, having had some success with the rolling maul, one advanced up to the line and Dan Boatman dabbed down for the try. Waites slid the conversion wide before Kimber responded with an excellent long range penalty to once again put the visitors ahead, 10-8.


He couldn’t repeat the feat from an easier position on 32 minutes and we replied with a try from Liam Bailey. Good work from Adam Coates helped keep a move alive and some good flat passing eventually helped create space on the left wing where Bailey went over almost unopposed. The touchline conversion sailed through but our lead would only last two minutes as Magee once again burst away up his wing before feeding inside to skipper Alistair Monks who added his side’s second try. Another Kimber conversion sent the visitors in to half time with a two point advantage at 17-15.


The second half was a far scrappier affair with both sides making plenty of handling errors and scoring opportunities much more limited. Ilkley started the half far the brighter and added to their lead when the tall Kimber threw a dummy and burst through the defensive line before delivering a simple pass to Steve Nolson for the simplest of tries.


We couldn’t get much going, not helped by losing Adam Coates and Luke Mallinson to the sin-bin in quick succession for collapsing a maul and tackling a man in the air respectively. The lineout deserted us but still trailing by just one score there always seemed the possibility we could get back in the game.


Our chance came with ten minutes to go when Scott Butcher made a terrific break from inside his own half and burst clear into the Ilkey 22. He was hauled down 10 metres from the line but we were awarded a penalty for a high tackle which was taken quickly only for the ball to be dropped as it was moved wide. Referee Graeme Cooper waved away protests for defenders not being back 10 metres and eventually awarded a penalty to Ilkley when those protests continued allowing them to clear.


It seemed like a chance we had to take and so it proved as we were unable to get back within scoring range as time ticked away. The minor consolation of a losing bonus point was at least in the back of the mind but a silly infringement at a ruck gave Kimber the penalty chance and he made no mistake - the finishing touch on a disappointing afternoon.

West: Mallinson, Butcher, Bailey, Youll, Tyres, Waites, Painter, Pinchen, Rollins, Coates, Bennett, Rafferty, Atkins, Boatman, Miller.

Reps: Foreman, Angus, Chapman


Tries: Boatman, Bailey

Con: Waites

Pen: Waites


YC: Atkins, Coates, Mallinson


Ilkley: Henry, Magee, Monks, Nolson, Johnson, Kimber, Collard, Hutchinson, Graham, Baxter, Small, Spender, Coates, Davey. Garland.

Reps: Cockerham, Colclough, Petchey


Tries: Magee, Monks, Nolson

Cons: Kimber 2

Pens: Kimber 2

YC: Coates

Referee: Graeme Cooper

West 15 Ilkley 25
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
05/10/2014 10:41
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Re: West 15 Ilkley 25
oseander (IP Logged)
05/10/2014 15:13
well, if the backs can't tackle what can be expected

Re: West 15 Ilkley 25
06/10/2014 11:17
We should have had the game won in the first half to be honest. Ilkley had a good set of backs who ran some good lines and our tackling is normally pretty good so wouldn't criticize.
If Butcher had just managed to wriggle free after his break or the referee had taken harsher action instead of awarding us just a penalty then we would probably have sneaked another win.

Re: West 15 Ilkley 25
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
06/10/2014 15:18
Video now added

Re: West 15 Ilkley 25
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
06/10/2014 16:30
Saying the backs can't tackle is a sweeping statement, though admittedly some tackles were missed.
But there was some bad decision-making and one or two individuals weren't at their best.
I can't fathom what WPA means when he says that if the referee had taken harsher action instead of awarding us just a penalty we would probably have sneaked another win.
Would we? I very much doubt it ... the better team won on the day, but we can play a lot better.

Re: West 15 Ilkley 25
07/10/2014 09:42
Penalty for not releasing, penalty awarded for high tackle on Painter who took a quick tap, play allowed to go on but defence not 10 metres and play not brought back for those offences when we knocked on.
I do agree Ilkley deserved their win just making the point we could have sneaked this one as well.

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