Bradford & Bingley 17 West 12

By Dave Picken - January 19 2020
Bradford & Bingley 17 West 12 Two crucial decisions over whether a player was held up over the line meant that we returned from Bingley with only one point to show for another great effort from the youngsters.

The first came on the hour when Bradford and Bingley No 8 Tom Cummins forced his way towards the line after a massive defensive effort from West. It looked like skipper Ryan Painter had got his body under the big forward but after a long delay the try was awarded.

Then, with the very last play of the game, it seemed we had at least deservedly levelled the scores as Ben Armstrong and Aidan Jackson-Smith drove over the line from a maul in the left corner. The Bees piled bodies on top, and even though Ben was lying on the ball as they all got to their feet the decision was “held up” and the final whistle blown.

It was cruel luck on a West side looking for its first away win. The side - already missing head coach Stu Waites, top try scorer Will Hilditch and forwards Liam Bailey and Chris Atkins - was hit by late fitness problems for prop Adam Coates and second row John Bunter.

It meant a first start at lock for James Borthwick, who went on to have a fine game, with Cameron Mould and Brandon Bulmer coming onto the bench.

With a biting wind blowing straight down the pitch there were plenty of handling errors as both sides slugged it out for the first 25 minutes.

Bees started off strongly and were dominant in the first few scrums until our new look pack got itself sorted.

As a result we broke the deadlock with some smart play from fly half Ollie Connolly. Jake Linighan once again taking good line-out ball in the home 22 with Connolly timing his pass to perfection to send centre Lewis Scott in under the posts for an easy conversion for Zac Southern.

The Bees came back with a try for Ben Hockenhull after Harry Mayes had knocked on as he went to take a high kick in his own 22. We were penalised at the scrum and from the resulting line-out the ball was worked across the pitch with Cummins finally going in at the corner.

The missed conversion gave us a deserved 7-5 lead at the break - with the elements in our favour in the second half.

The home side had ideas of its own- using their big forwards to batter the visiting defence, which for the third game running was much improved.

That all changed when the yellow cards began to be produced. Bees scrum half Harry Collis was the first to go and then eight minutes later we lost Jake Linighan for offside - closely followed by Connolly for not retreating 10 metres. At the same time Adam Brown had to leave the field to receive treatment for a shoulder injury with Brandon Bulmer coming on for a spell and doing well on his league debut.

However, Bees made the most of their numerical advantage with that controversial try in the right corner to take the lead.

With numbers restored we took the game to the hosts and deservedly regained the lead. Aidan Jackson-Smith and Borthwick had both made impressive charges for the line as Painter orchestrated attacks both left then right.

The breakthrough finally came as Zac Southern stood off. He timed a speedy run to collect from Painter to dive over from close range with his conversion narrowly wide.

We continued to press but once again paid the price for missed tackles in the opposition half. That allowed centre Jack Malthouse to make a break which saw him go all the way to the line for a fine solo try, with Ben Hockenhull adding the extras.

We responded with a series of attacks from the forwards - launched after a number of penalties were kicked to the corner for line-outs. Bees were forced to defend desperately, but they managed to do so and were mightily relieved when that very last effort was chalked off.

Bradford and Bingley: Ben Greaves, Cameron Bainbridge, Jack Malthouse, Jamie Martin, Adam Sutcliffe, Ben Hockenhull, Harry Collis, Roger Raper, Alex Keeton, Ryan Wederell, Corey Spencer, Joe Daley, Peter Booth, Tom Booth, Tom Cummins.
Replacements (all used) Adam Challen, Simon Mitchell, Connor Capper.
Tries: Hockenhull, Cummins,, Malthouse.
Con: Hockenhull.
Yellow: Collis.

West: Matt Siddle, Harry Mayes, Lewis Scott, Zac Southern, Max Tennant, Ollie Connolly, Ryan Painter, Liam Pennick, Aidan Jackson-Smith, Andrew Rollins, Jake Linighan, James Borthwick, Alex Barker, Ben Armstrong, Adam Brown.
Replacements (used) Brandon Bulmer, Callum Johnston. (Not used): Cameron Mould
Tries: Scott, Southern.
Con.: Southern
Yellow: Linighan, Connolly.

Bradford & Bingley 17 West 12
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19/01/2020 11:52
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Re: Bradford & Bingley 17 West 12
old shepherd (IP Logged)
19/01/2020 12:34
Collective chin up guys. Keep it going and success will come. GO WEST !

Re: Bradford & Bingley 17 West 12
oseander (IP Logged)
19/01/2020 16:57
success ?

Re: Bradford & Bingley 17 West 12
Carlo03 (IP Logged)
23/01/2020 00:47
Hell yeah success oseander!!! We're already succeeding..over 44 players playing first team rugby. Last week away to BandB was an excellent performance from a great team of young men, oldest 30..4th oldest 22 and were the best side.success in my eyes in the current amateur rugby climate..imagine this team in 5/6 years time. Carlo

Re: Bradford & Bingley 17 West 12
Parental Unit (IP Logged)
23/01/2020 12:43
Looks like B and B agree on the dodgy decisions

Re: Bradford & Bingley 17 West 12
Old Chestnut (IP Logged)
23/01/2020 12:47
superb reply Carlo03

Re: Bradford & Bingley 17 West 12
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
23/01/2020 13:42
I see they’ve awarded Ben Armstrong the try he deserved 😀
We were definitely only awarded two hence the 17-12 scoreline.

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