Morley 25 West 21

By Dave Picken - October 4 2015
Morley 25 West 21 We have to be content with  a losing bonus point as some tackling errors cost us our unbeaten record at Scatcherd Lane - Morley winning a tight encounter thanks to flanker Luke Watts who was pressed into service on the left wing for the day.

He ran in two long range tries as our cover tackling let us down allowing our rivals to go on to earn a try bonus point of their own.

Already without skipper Dan Boatman we had to make another late change with prop Adam Coates ruled out with a foot injury. Michael Hogan stepped up to the front row with Joe Rafferty making his first start in the second row and Alex Johnson coming in on the bench.

Hogan (pictured) was celebrating his birthday and went on to be awarded the West Man of the Match by the opposition. He's shed five stone recently and has become one of our ball carrying threats.

Morley began the game brightly, but we weathered the storm and should have done better when we were turned over on the Morley line after a catch and drive from a line-out.

There was a warning of what was to come when Watts burst through and went over on 17 minutes only for the try was ruled out by referee Dean Walker, who had an excellent game,  for a forward pass.

The home side did break the deadlock just before the half hour when right winger Andy Funnel came into the line as the ball was passed along the 22. He sidestepped the cover to go in under the posts with Mark Chester accepting the easy conversion.

We came back with Michael Hogan having two excellent bursts through the middle in a move which began in our own half. Ryan Painter finally going over from five metres as the home defence was spread wide.

Waites converted and he gave us the lead for the first time just before the break slotting a penalty from just inside the home half.

From the second half restart  Zac Southern came close to extending the lead when he caught the kick to wrong foot three defenders before chipping ahead. Unfortunately for him the ball rolled agonisingly across the dead ball line as he chased it down.

Instead, we had to rely on another penalty to extend the lead with Peter Youll high tackled in midfield. Waites accepted the opportunity.

We continued to have the better share of possession in a game which was largely being played between the 22’s. However, Morley reduced the arrears when three West defenders failed to get a hand on Watts as he raced up the left wing to go in at the corner with Chester’s conversion bouncing clear from a post.

The home skipper had better luck with a penalty from in front of the posts to put Morley into the lead with West reacting by forcing their way into the home 22.

Zac Southern dived over after a penalty kick to the corner set up a catch and drive, but Mr Walker ruled he had lost the ball as he went to touchdown. However, Chris Atkins did succeed as another catch and drive on the opposite side of the pitch with Waites’s conversion narrowly wide.

The home side continued to give away penalties as we kept up the pressure and Waites extended the lead to 21-15 with just over ten minutes left.

We looked like we might go on to win but Morley came back with an lively attack which first went left then, as the defence was stretched, the ball was sped out to the right wing where Funnell dived over .

Chester’s conversion was wide and with just one point in it the game was poised for an exciting finale.

Unfortunately for us it was Watts who again came up with the goods. The defence stood off as he collected 35 metres out and he gratefully accepted the opportunity to step outside the cover and race up the line.

Once again the conversion was missed but the four points cushion meant we had to cross the line to win the game.

We mounted concerted pressure on the home line and won two penalties, which we had to tap and go after Mr Walker ruled there wasn’t enough time for a line-out.  The forwards repeatedly drove at the line. Heroic defence kept them out with  Hogan being the unfortunate player to knock on and bring the game to an end as he again went for the line.

And to ape the Stags' match reports: Morley as hospitable off the pitch as ever with a choice of food and a particularly enjoyable sausage and yorkshire pudding.

Referee Dean Walker :not had the pleasure of seeing Mr Walker for a couple of seasons. He continues to be consistent and a ref who allows the game to flow. No cards of any colour.

Morley: Karl Bradshaw, Andy Funnell, Richard Knowles, Scott Glynn, Luke watts, Mark Chester (captain), Kenny Hirst-Sewell, Alan Benn, James Dinsdale, Ben Bell, Sam Brown, Tom Richmond, Will Smyth, Olli Flegg, Brandon Hannam.

Reps all used: Harrison Marshall, Ed Kelly, Joe Firth,

Tries: Watts (2), Funnell (2).

Conversions: Chester (1)

Penalties: Chester (1)

West: Stu Waites (captain), Luke Mallinson, Greg Edwards, Peter Youll, Zac Southern, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Michael Hogan, Andrew Rollins, Ross Wood, Owen Bennett, Joe Rafferty, Chris Atkins, Liam Bailey, Sam Miller.

Reps all used: Alex Johnson, Scott Butcher, Alex Barker.

Tries: Ryan Painter, Atkins.

Conversions: Waites (1)

Penalties: Waites: (3)


Referee: Dean Walker (Yorkshire Society)







Morley 25 West 21
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
04/10/2015 10:48
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Re: Morley 25 West 21
Stan the Camel (IP Logged)
05/10/2015 08:46
I'm more of an El Pedro fan myself but that's a very good report, DP, and much appreciated.

Sounds an exciting game and a desperately close finish.

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