West 36 SS Westoe 25

By El Pedro - December 15 2018
West 36 SS Westoe 25 A first half hat-trick from Ryan Painter set us on the way to a bonus point win over South Shields Westoe on a bitterly cold afternoon at Brinkburn.

The game was never quite as comfortable as the scoreline may suggest and although for the most part we kept Westoe at arms length on the scoreboard, the visitors offered a constant threat in attack and retained the ball well.


In the opening minutes a terrific break from Andy Turner from inside his own half started a move which deserved a score but ended up with Peter Youll stopped just short and a knock-on giving Westoe the scrum. Not to be denied we shoved the visiting pack off the ball and Ryan Painter cleaned up for the first of his three tries.


Having struggled with the opening kick-off we again failed to deal well with the restart and gifted a try straight back to the visitors when the ball went loose in our 22 and they took full advantage, full-back Louis Hagan’s conversion putting his side into the lead 5-7.


That lead lasted until the 15 minute mark when Painter took advantage of another powerful scrum close to the line and Waites added the extras. Westoe began to concede a string of penalties and after warnings from referee Carl Hall a procession of three players were despatched to the sin-bin over the course of the next 10 minutes as the infringements mounted up. We took full advantage of the superior numbers and with another scrum powering towards the line, Painter completed his hat-trick.


Hagan pulled a penalty back for Westoe as Gav Painter was sent to the bin but we sealed the bonus point with half-time approaching as Ryan Painter turned provider, setting up an attacking position with a break up the right wing before Andrew Rollins crashed over for the score. Another Hagan penalty with the last kick of the half made it 24-13 at the interval.


Westoe enjoyed their best period of the match at the start of the second half with sustained possession putting us under pressure. Rollins became the next player added to the referee’s Christmas card list after he was adjudged to have tackled a player late following a quick tap penalty, and minutes later the visitors had no problem marching a maul over the line from 5 metres out for a try in the right corner.


Youngster Max Tennant had come off the bench to replace Stu Waites at half-time and after putting himself about well in defense, got a deserved try, finishing off a slick backs move with Gav Painter’s long pass allowing Zac Southern to send the winger over in the left corner.


The hard working Adam Brown added our sixth try with 10 minutes to play it seemed to finally put the game out of Westoe’s reach, but still the visitors attacked well and a penalty try in the closing minutes gave them some hope of salvaging a possible 2 bonus points from the game. As it was we should have been the ones to complete the scoring as  Adam Coates ripped the ball in a tackle inside the 22 and burst for the line only for a knock-on as the ball was recycled to deny a certain try and bring the final whistle.

Another important win keeps up the pace with Durham City and league leaders Northern and we now face back-to-back derbies against Rovers before the table-toppers visit Brinkburn on 12th January.

West: Southern, Hilditch, Youll, G Painter, Larkin, Waites, R Painter, Coates, Rollins, Brown, Bunter, Linighan, Barker, Atkins, Turner.

Reps: Cookland, McLurg, Tennant


Tries: R Painter 3, Rollins, Tennant, Brown

Cons: Waites 2, G Painter

YC: G Painter


SS Westoe: Hagan, Preston, Hughes, Worthington, Evans, Judson, Seymour, Lamb, Elliott, Kellett, Younghusband, Rumis, Ramsay, Jackson, Gaff.

Reps: Bengston, Gardner


Referee: Carl Hall [Durham Society]



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