West 26 Malton & N. 24

By Dave Picken - January 12 2020
West 26  Malton & N. 24 A tremendous hard-tackling performance took us to our third win of the season against an in-form Malton and Norton. The five-point win means we are still 18 points away from escaping the relegation places but the manner of the win by a young side bodes well for the future.

Against a big seasoned pack the forwards suffered in the scrum. However, all 18 players made up for it with tenacious tackling right across the pitch and when Malton and Norton gave it one big last effort to score the winning try the home defence was heroic.

We had the benefit of the gale in the first half and missed an early penalty opportunity before Malton and Norton winger Ali Fothergill powered his way up the right. He was tackled 10 metres out but full back Will Bell was in support to collect and go over to give his side a five point lead.

Undaunted, we came straight back forcing Malton and Norton back into their 22 with the pressure telling when Liam Bailey picked up at the base of the scrum and went for the line.

Adam Brown Try M&N

He was tackled but skipper Ryan Painter quickly recycled the ball to Adam Brown who had two men to beat. Slick footwork took him over with Zac Southern converting to give us a lead. 

We needed to rack up some points while we had the benefit of the elements and Lewis Scott -making his first start at centre with Will Hilditch away – stretched the lead on the half hour.

Lewis Scott M&N

The West pack mauled their way into the visiting 22. When the ball was moved quickly left Scott evaded one tackle as he collected then skipped round two more to go in under the posts to set up an easy conversion.

It looked like that 14-5 would be the score at the break, but with referee Gareth Foreman waiting in to blow the half time whistle we missed the opportunity to reach touch with a penalty.

Malton and Norton drove the ball back up the pitch and going through a number of phases before fly half Tom Hoggard spotted a gap to reduce the arrears to just four points at the break.

It looked a very slender lead given the conditions and our cause wasn’t helped when we conceded again in the very first minute of the half.

The gale took Southern’s restart kick into touch and from the resulting scrum Malton went on the short side with back row Sean Emms in support of his backs to go over.

In the space of two minutes - either side of the break - the game looked to have turned. Fortunately, our plucky youngsters had other ideas. We attacked from the restart with fly half Ollie Connolly sending Zac Southern into space. He drew two defenders to open up space for Harry Mayes to show good speed to go in at the right corner for his first try in league rugby.

It became nip and tuck as we tried to hold onto the slender two-point lead.

However, we fell behind on the hour when Hoggard made a break through the centre to send winger Chris Joe in to clinch his side’s bonus point try and take the score to 24-19.

Once again, we battled back with another driving maul up the left wing which was only stopped ten metres short.

Liam Pennick Try M&N
Chris Atkins took the ball on, and when he was stopped skipper Painter found Liam Pennick coming onto the ball to force his way over from five metres – securing his side’s own bonus point and his own first try in league rugby.

With Zac Southern off, and the scores level, full back Matt Siddle took over the kicking duties. His conversion into in the teeth of the gale was straight and true to restore our slender lead.

With seven minutes left Malton and Norton went all out for the winning try. 

We comfortably kept them out until the last play when they camped on our line for a full two minutes - only to find us determined not to give way.
The tension was finally relieved when the visitors knocked on just a metre short of the line.

Following last weeks improved show at Pocklington, this was a much needed and well-deserved win. There are plenty of games left this season - including six at home - and with players returning from injury, work and holiday there will be competition for places so the season is still very much alive.

West: Matt Siddle, Harry Mayes, Lewis Scott, Zac Southern, Max Tennant, Ollie Connolly, Ryan Painter (capt), Liam Pennick, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Adam Brown, Chris Atkins, Alex Barker, Ben Armstrong, Liam Bailey.
Replacements (all used): Aidan Jackson-Smith, Calum Johnston, James Borthwick.
Tries: Brown, Scott, Mayes, Pennick.
Cons: Southern (1) , Siddle (1).

Malton and Norton: Will Bell, Ali Fothergill, Ben Tenge, Vus Dyanthes, Chris Joe, Tom Hoggard, Paul Angus, Nic Salisbury, Bailey Lamb, Rob Featherstone, Sean Emms (capt), Jack Hobbs, Will Dunn, Tom Lowry, Sam Triffitt.
Replacements (all used); Peter Hopkins, Tom Barker, Sam Megginson.
Tries: Bell, Hoggard, Emms, Joe.
Conversions: Hoggard (2).

Referee: Gareth Foreman (Durham Society).

West 26 Malton & N. 24
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
12/01/2020 11:36
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Re: West 26 Malton & N. 24
LesterP (IP Logged)
12/01/2020 12:47
Great report DP (as one would expect from a MR Reporter :-) and you say, that last defensive effort from everyone was superb.

Well done to all.

Re: West 26 Malton & N. 24
paratrooper (IP Logged)
12/01/2020 13:13
Excellent report on an excellent game!!! ☆☆☆☆☆

Re: West 26 Malton & N. 24
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
12/01/2020 14:59
It certainly was a good game, and a great result. The tackling was superb and the spirit shown by a very young team was outstanding.
Hopefully we can keep it up and you never know, it just might not have come too late.
But whatever happens in the long term, this shows what we’ve been missing for much of the season.

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