West 36 Wheatley Hills 7

By El Pedro - October 23 2016
West 36 Wheatley Hills 7 A Liam Checksfield hat-trick set up this comfortable bonus point victory over bottom side Wheatley Hills and kept up our perfect start to the season ...

George Wall TributeA one minute silence was held before the game in memory of former Colts'Skipper George Wall who passed away suddenly on Thursday.


It was top against bottom at Brinkburn and if the visiting Wheatley Hills side faced a tough task at kick-off time they faced an even tougher one when number eight Paul Purcell was sent off 28 minutes into the game. Visiting referee Tom Lyons from the USA was in no doubt following a fracas on half way and there seemed very little protest from the visiting side when the red card was shown.

Before that incident we already had two tries on the board. Ross Wood opened the scoring 10 minutes in when he burrowed over in the left corner after a period of sustained pressure in the 22, flirting with the touchline as he got the ball down. John Bunter then took advantage of a slow clearance kick when he was on hand to charge down and ground the loose ball, Gav Painter converting.

Even before the sending off Wheatley Hills had struggled for both possession and territory but going down to fourteen men didn’t initially seem to cause too many problems and their defensive work kept us at bay. They had a long range penalty attempt from Dave Laycock in the final minute of the half but it drifted wide.

Into added time at the end of the first half we dealt a significant blow when Gav Painter’s cross-field kick  led to Liam Checksfield getting his first of the afternoon and making the half-time score 17-0.

Checksfield was at it again 2 minutes into the second half, capitalising on a loose ball in the Hills backline, picking up the ball on half way and racing away, untouched, for the bonus point try converted by Painter.

Hills got one back when a mistimed pass the Rob Thorn bounced off the winger and into the arms of Laycock who got away from the defence on half-way and won the foot race to the line, converting his own try.

It was little consolation for the visiting team as three minutes later Sam Miller was over for our fifth try, picking up from the base of a scrum inside the 22 and overpowering the defence to score under the posts.

The intensity in defence dropped off somewhat in the final quarter but despite some threatening attacks, Hills could not add to their tally. Checksfield completed the hat-trick after 69 minutes with a sublime finish. Now playing on the left wing after Paul Moss had come off the bench, he rounded his opposite number with ease from a standing start and finished in the left corner.

In the closing stages we should have added a final try but several lunges came up short before handling errors spoilt any further chance of crossing the line. Referee Lyons had seen enough with 39 minutes on the second half watch but by that stage the score was probably a fair reflection of the game.

An intriguing trip to Penrith awaits next week. The Cumbrians have now slipped to third in the table following defeat at Pocklington with Alnwick leapfrogging them into second after they overcame Dinnington.

West: Southern, Thorn, Checksfield, Youll, Hilditch, G Painter, R Painter, Wood, Rollins, Hogan, Bunter, Rafferty, Barker, Maddison, Miller.
Reps: Coates, Corbett, Moss.

Tries: Wood, Bunter, Checksfield 3, Miller
Cons: G Painter 3
YC: Corbett

Wheatley Hills: Laycock, Devine, Butler, Mearns, Gillvray, Barker, Ashman, Norton, Kerry, Stephenson, Kynman, Undy, Free, Blessed, Purcell.
Reps: Clayton, Calver, Winfield

Try: Laycock
Con: Laycock
RC: Purcell

Referee: Tom Lyons [Potomac, USA]