West 10 Guisborough 5

By Dave Picken - January 10 2016
West 10 Guisborough 5 This was the proverbial hard fought victory. Hammered on the penalty count and becoming increasingly frustrated we left it late to secure the points against a hard working Guisborough....

Team muddy

A try in the opening minute and a second at the very end of the game were enough to secure the winning points for West at a muddy Brinkburn on a day when none of the kicks went over.. 

In the end it was the youngest player on the pitch who sealed the victory -  17 year old Joe Willis going over at the corner with just a couple of minutes left to play. 

We  went ahead from the kick off when Guisborough let the ball bounce and the onrushing West forwards forced a five metrescrum. 

Ryan Painter chose to go on the short side where  Stu Waites came into the line and he had the strength to touch down despite the attentions of two defenders. 

Guisborough's big pack,  and strong running backs, fought their way back into the game to level the scores after we failed to clear their lines. 

Lively full back Christian Pollock was less effective with his kicking on the day and his penalty attempt on the quarter hour skidded low and wide. 

We had the chance to kick for touch but instead chose to run it from  our own line. Guisborough turned the ball over and when the ball went wide winger Alex Russ was in space to go over in the left corner.  

The visitors almost went ahead when Eldon Myers lost the ball in midfield and only sharp work by the covering Scott Butcher stopped centre Jack Robinson getting to his kick through first. 

We pressured the resulting line-out with Andrew Rollinsbreaking clear to force his way some forty metresup the left wing. 

That got us going and we should have scored when the backs broke into the home 22. Joe Willis did go over in the right corner, however refereeIeuan Davies spotted that Stu Waites had finger tipped the ball marginally forward as a lofted pass to the winger went in front of him. 

West continued to press as the half closed only for a penalty in the visiting 22 to be reversed as both Ryan Painter and Guisborough skipper Michael McDougall were despatched to the sin bin. 

Aaron Myers come on  at half time in the hope that his experience would get us going.Guisborough had other ideas and the game became bogged down between the 22 metre lines. 

Increasingly frustrated we began to take chances with a quick throw in from Waites handing the initiative to Guisborough as Butcher knocked the throw on. 

Then Aaron Myers took a quick tap 25 metres out -when his teammates were expecting an attempt on goal. The result was that an isolated Myers was penalised for holding on and Guisborough once again cleared. 

They almost took the lead when winger Phil Shields and centre Jack Robinson broke up the left wing with only full back Waites covering. Fortunately, he put in a superb tackle to send Robinson into touch.  

Guisborough's final attempt to win the game when Pollock sent in a 40 metrepenalty  which was just under the crossbar. 

Webroke back and Michael Hogan looked like he had scored (pictured) when he powered his way over . Unfortunately,  an unsighted Mr Davies ruled he had been held up. 

We  kept up the pressure and finally got thereward when we sucked in the defence to create a two man overlap. Ourafternoon had been marked by a number of dropped balls, but this time the ball was moved steadily and simply through the hands with Willis in plenty of space to earn a very hard earned victory. 

West: Stu Waites, Joe Willis,  Eldon Myers, Peter Youll, Scott Butcher Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Michael Hogan, Andrew Rollins, Jack Angus, Owen Bennett, Joe Rafferty, Liam Bailey, Dan Boatman (capt), Sam Miller. 

Reps (all used):  Aaron Myers, Greg Edwards, Adam Coates. 

Tries: Waites, Willis. 

Yellow: R Painter. 

Guisborough: Christian Pollock, Alex Ruff, Jack Robinson, Zac McCluskey, Philip Shields, William Muir, Ryan Mitchell, Robert Berriman, Owen Edwards, Peter Hopkins, Gareth Lodge, Michael Henderson, Michael McDougall (capt), Liam Corcoran, Paul Lamb. 

Reps (all used): Tony Conway,  Kane Watts, Will Kime. 

Try: Ruff. 

Yellow: McDougall. 

Referee: Ieuan Davies, Durham Society.

West 10 Guisborough 5
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10/01/2016 11:36
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Re: West 10 Guisborough 5
11/01/2016 11:42
A win is a win. I'd have been happier if a little bit more patience and heads up rugby had been played as well as stopping all the chuntering on the pitch.

Re: West 10 Guisborough 5
Parental Unit (IP Logged)
12/01/2016 09:58
Got to agree with you WPA
Being so close to the action on that pitch you couldnt fail to hear all the moaning boith from on the pitch and from off it.
You have to play the opposition, the ref and the conditions and just get on with it

Re: West 10 Guisborough 5
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
12/01/2016 14:53
As WPA states "a win is a win"and if we fought hard that is something to work on. We seemed to go through the penalties against situation earlier in the year. Maybe I am not the one to talk but coaches and captain need to get hold of everybody to cut out the chuttering". Hopefully we can get back to our fluent rugby winning ways from next game on!! Well done WEST on the win.

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