West 38 Horden & Peterlee 10

By El Pedro - October 13 2018
West 38 Horden & Peterlee 10 A strong second half performance in tricky conditions secured our fifth win of the season with Matt Siddle grabbing two of the six tries scored.

Local rivals Horden & Peterlee travelled down the coast road to a mild but windy afternoon at Brinkburn with the remnants of storm Callum blowing straight down the pitch towards the clubhouse end.


The conditions certainly made things tricky for both sides, particularly with kicking and lineouts, but it wasn’t the only factor in the game remaining scoreless for much of the first half. Despite playing into the wind for the opening forty minutes we dominated territory and had several good chances inside the 22 but failed to add any points. Ball retention was not good enough, especially when every turnover led to a wind-assisted clearance kick sending us back to half way. Several kickable penalties were turned down in favour of kicks for the corner but with lineout ball far from guaranteed and the scrum under some pressure, breaking down the visitors through the set-piece proved fruitless.  


It took until the final 5 minutes of the half for the first score of the game to come and it was Adam Peacock’s long pass which unlocked the defence. It set Matt Siddle galloping up the left wing and his nicely timed inside ball to Will Hilditch saw him race clear to score under the posts and leave Stu Waites a simple conversion.


Horden came straight back though and with two powerful scrums driving us back in our 22 the half time whistle couldn’t arrive soon enough. We seemed to have relieved the pressure only to see another scrum awarded for accidental offside and this time the visiting pack summoned one more big effort and laid the platform for number eight Andy King to power over.

 Atkins Try Horden

The momentum at the start of the second half was firmly with the visitors and their carrying seemed to have a new level of intensity but the game would change dramatically with two crucial interceptions. Firstly Chris Atkins stuck out an arm and deflected the ball in the air just outside our 22 before collecting and outpacing the chasing defenders to score in the right corner (above). Five minutes later, just as Horden seemed to be recovering and threatening again Matt Siddle intercepted a pass on half-way and ran in unopposed to score under the posts.


It was a real kick in the teeth for the visitors and the two scores left them clearly deflated. Another unforced error, this time from a box kick which rebounded off the forward pack, gifted us the ball in the 22 and Waites set up Joe Rafferty to score, again under the posts.


Siddle got his second with 10 minutes to play, finishing off an overlap after some slick passing along the backline before Horden got a deserved consolation try through Luke Watson. There was still time for one final score with Zac Southern slipping through a tired tackle and finishing off under the posts leaving Waites another simple conversion.


An intriguing trip to Stockton awaits next week with the Teessiders enjoying a good start to the season with four wins from six.

West: Southern, Peacock, Hilditch, Youll, Siddle, Waites, R Painter, Cookland, Rollins, Brown, Rafferty, Atkins, Barker, Robinson, Corbett.
Reps: Coates, Hunter, McLurg

Tries: Hilditch, Atkins, Siddle 2, Rafferty, Southern

Cons: Waites 4


Horden: Crake, R Brown, Watson, Holloway, Foster, D Heckles, Hartley, Thompson, Greenlaw, Malcolm, Armstrong, C Heckles, Palmer, C Brown, King.
Reps: James, Thubron, White

Tries: King, Watson


Referee: Andrew Wilson [Durham Society]



West 38 Horden & Peterlee 10
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14/10/2018 09:06
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Re: West 38 Horden & Peterlee 10
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15/10/2018 16:40
The Joy Ride continues; great report/photos too again.

Well done everyone.

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