Guisborough 0 West 42

By Dave Picken - September 20 2015
Guisborough 0 West 42 This scoreline might indicate an easy victory at Belmangate - it was anything but. Guisborough had lost only once at home in the last three years, and that was a narrow defeat to fancied Percy Park in this season’s league opener.

Last week the Priorymen scored 62 points at Beverley – a win based on the big pack which has demolished all before them in recent seasons.

They showed how they have done so well in the first half when they powered relentlessly up the slope – but on this afternoon to no avail.

We soaked up the big hits in the first half with superb tackling and then demolished a tiring Guisborough in the second where we scored five tries in some style.

The hosts began the game with the clear intention of steamrolling the smaller West pack, but there was a clear indication of how the game was to go after just two minutes.

Chris Atkins put in a big hit as the home side rumbled forward and Liam Bailey was the first to pounce on the loose ball just outside his own 22.

The ball was quickly moved along the line to Eldon Myers who cut inside to race 60 metres to the line - just managing to reach out as he was tackled.

Gavin Painter added the conversion and should really have increased the West lead with two relative easy pens. The first hit the post and the second- just before the break - slid wide.

In between Chris Atkins had been stopped just short of the home line, and Guisborough wasted their best chance when Stu Waites’s only error of the afternoon saw him kick straight to Ryan Connors. The home centre galloped for the line only to be brought down by desperate defence

We had a slender 7-0 lead at the break and would be playing up the slope in the second.

At this stage there was every sign it would remain a tight game with little prospect of any bonus points, but as Guisborough’s weary forwards started to go backwards – and in some cases limping off to the bench – the gaps opened.

Eldon Myers got his second just after the break when an intelligent kick through from the outside of Gav Painter’s boot saw him win the race to touch down.

The centre was then the man to finish off our best move of the afternoon.

Stu Waites began it when he slid through the defence wide on the left. He was brought down just a few metres from the line but the ball was recycled wide to the right where winger Luke Mallinson was tackled as he went for the corner.

Mallo had the strength to stay out of touch and popped the ball for Myers to gratefully gather and dive over for his hat trick. Stu adding an excellent conversion.

The try which gave us our bonus point had an element of luck about it as Bailey again seized on a dropped ball to hack ahead. He looked to have been a little offside and Coates looked like he may have been in front of the kick, but play was waved on and the prop powered his way over to set up another Waites conversion.

The West back line, led by the increasingly comfortable  Gavin Painter, was looking slick and dangerous, and they scored a textbook try after 70 minutes with sharp handling all along the line to send in replacement winger Zac Southern to dab down in the corner. Waites again finding no problem in adding the extras from the touchline.

The visiting onslaught continued with Ryan Painter gratefully accepting the opportunity to take a quick tap penalty (pictured)and dive over for the final try of the afternoon with brother Gavin adding the conversion.

Three games played, three won, no tries conceded. Well done lads and a special mention for 19 year old Welsh ref Lewis Harrison who is a student at Durham. He looks to have a very good future in the game.

Andin the style of the inestimable Stags’ correspondents: Guisborough hospitality superb even if the meatballs were too hot for that big softie Peter Robinson.

Guisborough: Christian Pollock, Jamie Drysdale, Jack Robinson, Ryan Connors, Phil Shields, James Clarke, Ryan Mitchell, Rob Berriman, Owen Edwards, Edward Pallister, Michael Henderson, Gareth Lodge, Michael Macdougall, Rob Leggot, Paul Lamb.

Reps(all used): Liam Corcoran, James Newton, Jamie Fox

Yellow: Pollock

West : Stu Waites, Scott Butcher, Eldon Myers, Peter Youll, Luke Mallinson, Gav Painter, Ryan Painter, Jack Angus, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Chris Atkins, Owen Bennett, Liam Reps (all used): Michael Hogan, Zac Southern, Alex Barker.

Tries: Myers (3), Coates, Southern. R Painter.

Cons: G Painter (2), Waites (4)


Guisborough 0 West 42
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
20/09/2015 11:47
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Re: Guisborough 0 West 42
Hardwick Man (IP Logged)
20/09/2015 12:16
Well done thrilling game.. what a Scintillating write up also ...

Re: Guisborough 0 West 42
Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
20/09/2015 14:22
An excellent report, thank you DP.

I thought that we had won fairly comfortably but it sounds an even more impressive when I read:

We had a slender 7-0 lead at the break and would be playing up the slope in the second.

Pity we couldn't have managed the mythical 48-0 though!

Re: Guisborough 0 West 42
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
20/09/2015 17:08
The colts did

Re: Guisborough 0 West 42
German import (IP Logged)
24/09/2015 21:52
Looks like the first team had a solid start into the season, really hoping the results stay like this throughout the season. All the best for the new season from Germany for all the west hartlepool teams!

Re: Guisborough 0 West 42
01/10/2015 21:07
Cheers Mika. Hope you are well - did you join the club in Stuttgart?

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German import (IP Logged)
01/10/2015 21:59
I am doing very well at the moment and yes, I joined the club in Stuttgart, today was my second training session. The drills are quite simple and sometimes a bit unstructured but I really enjoy playing rugby again, that's the most important thing.

Re: Guisborough 0 West 42
02/10/2015 07:23
Great news. Hope to see you again soon enjoy your rugby.

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