West 74 Acklam 0

By El Pedro - March 24 2019
West 74 Acklam 0 For the second home game in a row we scored twelve tries with this week’s visitors Acklam unable to cope with the slick passing and strong running of our back line.

It was a superb performance from the men behind the scrum, the backs scoring all twelve tries tries and despite some visible defensive frailties in the opposition the handling and lines of running were excellent throughout. Acklam kept going till the end and their backs also showed some good touches, deserving at least a score from the game but our defence was to strong and repelled their limited attacking opportunities.


With regulation wins for Durham City and Northern it all stays the same at the top with three games to go and sets up a monumental contest next Saturday as we travel to Hollow Drift to take on the league leaders. We will be keen to get one back on Durham after they inflicted our only home defeat of the season back in December when we had led right to the end only to lose to the last kick of the game seven minutes into injury time. The game is huge for both sides in the context of the season as with Northern hovering in third place just a point behind, the loser will not only likely lose out on automatic promotion, but in all probability also the prospect of a promotion play-off.


With a strong squad to choose from we shuffled things around a little with Will Hilditch lining up in an unfamiliar full-back role and Scott Butcher and Jay Corbett exchanging positions on the flank and at number eight.


Callum Johnston got the scoring underway after 5 minutes with a simple run in at the left corner before Davy Heckles doubled our advantage with a strong bust through the centre to score under the posts.


Acklam’s early frustrations saw them fall foul of visiting referee Miles Pidgon and after a couple of warnings he yellow carded Patrick O’Brien for his protests after a penalty decision. While the big number eight was off the field we added two more tries - first Will Hilditch finished off a move started by a fantastic break from Stu Waites and then Ryan Painter darted in from a tap penalty close to the line.


Despite having the bonus point secure within half an hour there was no let up and Hilditch got two tries in as many minutes as the first half drew to a close. The first was created with a super offload from Scott Butcher and, after another yellow card to the visitors for backchat, the hat-trick try was from another tap penalty with Heckles the provider.  


Heckles was at the centre of a lot of the attacking play in the first half and in the second it was his turn to play the role of finisher as centre partner Peter Youll created two tries in five minutes for the former Horden man.


Youll would claim another assist after 67 minutes as he timed his pass well to put replacement Max Tennant over in the left corner and then was involved again in the pick of the tries which saw turnover ball in our own 22 end in Luke Mallinson outpacing the defence up the right wing for an excellent score. Youll finally got his own name on the scoresheet with 5 minutes to play, profiting from a mix-up in the Acklam backs and completing a straightforward run to the line.


Tennant showed good pace again for a deserved second try in the closing stages as referee Pidgon decided he had seen enough and blew his whistle a minute or so short of the end of normal time.

West: Hilditch, Johnston, Heckles, Youll, Mallinson, Waites, Painter, Coates, Rollins, Brown, Bunter, Linighan, Barker, Corbett, Butcher.

Reps: Cookland, Robinson, Tennant


Tries: Johnston, Heckles 3, Hilditch 3, Painter, Tennant 2, Mallinson, Youll

Cons: Waites 7

Acklam: Gater, Robinson, Roberts, Sudron, Dunn, Ashton, Faint, Rea, Marks, Pearson (capt), Savage, Moss, Bottomley, Labonete, O'Brien.

Reps: Owens, Hall, Dalton.


YC: O’Brien, Ashton


Referee: Miles Pidgon [Warwickshire]



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