West 17 Old Crossleyans 10

By El Pedro - January 10 2015
West 17 Old Crossleyans 10 We fought back from an early 10 point deficit to hold on for an important home win over an Old Crocs side showing much more promise than their lowly league position suggests.


We were under pressure for large parts of the game and Crocs will probably feel aggrieved to be returning south with only a single point. However the defensive effort we put up against Dinnington before Christmas made an appearance in the final 10 minutes and held off a committed effort from the visitors.


It hadn’t been that way for much of the game as we fell off tackles and allowed Crocs to control possession. We had barely had the ball before the visitors scored their first try after 15 minutes and they had already been over the line earlier only to be called back for a forward pass. The try was made by inside centre Chris Seymour who bust through our defensive line following a scrum and clung on well as it looked like he would lose the ball forward. As the last defender closed in he slipped pass to Billy Hammond who touched down despite the close attention of Luke Mallinson.


A strong gusting wind blowing almost straight across the pitch seemed to favour neither side but it presented a definite challenge and caused plenty of problems for the kickers and line-out throwers. Crocs sent a couple of long kicks out on the full but still doubled their lead when a rolling maul was joined by a few of the backs and winger James Wainwright touched down at the bottom of the pile.


We bounced back quickly with a score on our first visit to the Crocs 22. Zac Southern marshalled the attack well and it was his inside pass to Chris Atkins which sent the flanker in for a score under the posts. The conversion in front of the posts looked straightforward but smashed into the right post to leave the score 5-10.


Southern had another shot at the posts from a penalty after 32 minutes but it always looked a tough ask to judge the wind and the kick drifted wide to the right, however we were unexpectedly level moments later. Crocs’ 22 dropout went out on the full and from the resulting position we broke to the right corner and referee Carl Hall awarded the try to Luke Mallinson despite vehement protests from the Crocs players and touch-judge. It didn’t bother Zac as he stepped up for the difficult conversion which hit the post and dropped over.


It was something of a surprise half-time lead as Crocs had looked quite threatening and organised in attack and our defence had not been up to its usual standard. That said when the opportunities came we took them and as the second half got underway we began to show a greater degree of composure and put more pressure on the visitors when they had the ball.


Sustained pressure close to the line earned us a five metre scrum and despite the ball being miscontrolled at the base we still made the most of the position and Southern slipped a nice pass to Mallinson who did well to take the ball and finish off the try from close range. The conversion once again drifted wide of the posts.


With half an hour still to play the game was nicely poised with Crocs still only a score down and our hunt for those ever elusive bonus points only a try away. As it was neither side could add any further scores despite both having chances. No line-out ball was guaranteed thanks to the conditions and this made it difficult for both sides to exert pressure. Our defence improved immensely and in turn Crocs organisation in attack evaporated with many more loose passes and sideways runners than there had been in the first half. Scott Butcher impressed with some crucial tackles in the closing stages and by the final whistle we were pleased to hold on and start a run of home games against teams below us in the table with a win.

West: Mallinson, Johnston, Butcher, Youll, Jamieson, Southern, Painter, Coates, Wood, Rollins, Pinchen, Rafferty, Bennett, Atkins, Bailey, Boatman.
Reps: Tyers, Hogan, Rollins.
Tries: Atkins, Mallinson 2
Con: Mallinson

Old Crocs: Greaves, Sutcliffe, Jack Hammond (capt), Seymour, Wainwright, Ott, Vine, Pollard, Wheale, Day, Raman Sembi, Navneet Sembi, George Hammond, Billy Hammond, Gardiner.
Reps: Cooper, McGill, McCormack.
Tries: Wainwright, B Hammond
YC: Pollard

Referee: Carl Hall [Durham Society]



West 17 Old Crossleyans 10
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
11/01/2015 11:00
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Re: West 17 Old Crossleyans 10
12/01/2015 12:01
Fair report this. I wish we could start games like Crossleyans started this one .

Re: West 17 Old Crossleyans 10
minimoneyman (IP Logged)
12/01/2015 12:45
Lot of discussion about west second try
Touch judge wemt up to the ref arguing,continued do so whilst going behind post for the conversion.Ref called him back and reprimanded him

Re: West 17 Old Crossleyans 10
minimoneyman (IP Logged)
12/01/2015 16:41
Just read crocs report
Wondered where he was as he stated that the strong wind was straight down the exposed pitch
No mention of west improved defence second half

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