Middlesbrough Colts 12 West 10

By - November 20 2005
Middlesbrough Colts  12  West  10
Birthday Boy It was a depleted West side that arrived at Acklam Park: Short had joined Evens on the injured list; Forrest and Cairns were unavailable; Myers was in France with the England squad; and Bellerby, King and Lambert were playing for the county.
Second row Andy Robson came in to outside centre, and Phil Close moved into the second row.
Middlesbrough started the game on top, with their forwards dominating the set piece, and it was no surprise when they took an early lead, their No. 8 running past some weak tackles to score under the posts. The conversion gave the hosts an early 7-0 lead, and for the next ten minutes they looked likely to extend it. However, yet again West’s defence stood firm, and as Middlesbrough tired West began to work their way back into contention. West’s runners were breaking through the gain line, and with the forwards also making ground a try looked likely on a number of occasions. Unfortunately the breakthrough didn’t happen, and at half-time West still trailed to that early try.

West continued to press in the second-half, with Middlesbrough’s threats tending to come from breakaways. Eventually, persistence paid off, with Andy Robson forcing his way over for a try which Gav Robinson was inches away from converting. West looked to be on the ascendancy now, only for a mistake in midfield to cede possession in allow Middlesbrough space to go over and take a 12-5 lead. Again West took the game to the opposition, and from a 5-metre scrum the pack created the opening for flanker Tom Barker to score West’s second try. Again the conversion missed by a narrow margin, leaving West the eventual losers by 12 points to 10.

This was an excellent team performance, in many ways the best of the season, and the team can consider themselves unlucky losers. A really good game, and exciting entertainment.

Team: Murray; Wager, Robson, Dewhirst, Austin; Robinson, Dougherty; Wood, Richardson, Greenwell; Close (Norris), Hunt; Miller, Barker, Dixon.