Bradford & Bingley 12 West 12

By DP (and friends) - January 15 2017
Bradford & Bingley 12 West 12 For the first time this season we  have been knocked off the top spot in North One East. Pocklington are now two points clear after their big win at Percy Park but Penrith are likely to go top when they play Guisborough at home next week in a rearranged game ...

It's all building up to an exciting finale and we can take great heart from the battling 12-12 draw at fellow promotion challengers Bradford and Bingley.
The Wagon Lane side started the day ten points behind West, and knowing that failure to win would virtually end their own promotion hopes. 
Eighty minutes later the stats quo remained and we can be happy with the two points, and the knowledge we'd scored the game's only tries with a much changed side. 
We also had to play thirty minutes of the game with only 14 men thanks to yellow cards.
The Bees had gone into an early lead courtesy of two penalties rom South African fly half Gerhard Nortier – the second after  Ryan Painter had been sent to the sin bin for backchat. 
He was followed ten minutes later by back row Carl Miller for a similar offence. The Bees took the opportunity to apply pressure only to come up against a resolute West defence, which kept the score to 6-0 at the break. 
And it was our turn to attack after the restart with the visiting pack taking the game to the powerful home forwards. 
They got their reward on 47 minutes when Ryan Painter finished off after a catch and drive in the corner. 
 Brother Gavin hit the post with his long range conversion, but he was to have better luck on 55 minutes when the catch and drive again provided dividends  for the visitors. 
This time it was No. 8 Sam Miller who went over with the conversion giving us a useful six point lead. 
In between Adam Coates had been judged to have been held up over the line after Lee Maddison had chased down a punt from Gavin Painter. 
Nortier pegged the lead back to three points with a penalty after 61 minutes before we suffered our third yellow of the afternoon - replacement Joe Rafferty off to the bin together with Bees' second row Brett Mitchell. 
The Bees pressed hard for a winner but had to be content with another penalty for a high tackle and with just three minutes on the clock  Nortier levelling the scores. 

Bradford & Bingley:  Nick Gore, Adam Sutcliffe,  S.W.  Oosthuizen, Ben Greaves, Adam Mitchell, Gerhard Nortier, Lee Neha, Michael Crotch, Masui Akauola, Ryan Wederell, Brett Mitchell, Tom Booth (captain), Max Mountain, Tom Cummins. 
Reps (all used) , Mat Cochrane, Mani Riaz, Dom Copsey. 
Pens: Nortier (4). 
Yellow: B Mitchell  
West: Zac Southern, Will Hilditch,  Peter Youll, Greg Edwards, Joe Willis, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Adam Coates, Andrew Rollins, Ross Wood, John Bunter, Dan Boatman (captain), Carl Miller, Lee Maddison, Sam Miller. 
Reps (all used) :  Joe Rafferty, Matt Siddle, Anth Carr. 
Tries: R Painter, S Miller. 
Cons: G Painter. 
Yellow: R Painter, C Miller, Rafferty.

Bradford & Bingley 12 West 12
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15/01/2017 10:52
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Re: Bradford & Bingley 12 West 12
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16/01/2017 09:44
Well done lads. Toughing out games like this when we are having so many changes every week is very encouraging.
We have a fortnight off so let hope that doesn't mean training can be missed.

Re: Bradford & Bingley 12 West 12
16/01/2017 11:38
Agree - very well done. By my reckoning we were missing Thorn, Aaron Myers, Eldon Myers, Checksfield, Hogan, Blades, Corbett, and Barker from those available last Saturday.
Aklso whaths the update on the injuries to Waites and Atkins? Are they likely to be available before the end of this season? Nothing like competition for places for improving performance.

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