YM’s 3 rd outing of the season saw them visiting Wagon Lane, the home of Bradford and Bingley. Recent tussles between the two teams have been close affairs and this one proved no different despite the high number of points accrued by both teams. With a number of key personnel adrift because of unavailability and injury it was a somewhat makeshift YM team that took the field. The pack in particular saw a number of changes with Appleby and Cotton stepping into the second row in place of the usual Black and Housley and the back row shuffled about to accommodate new faces. It is fair to say that they all acquitted themselves well with Appleby in particular dominating the lineout.
The YM also introduced a new stand off, Garden, who came on in the second half and showed a lot of skill and promise.
From the first whistle the YM got off to a flying start and immediately set up camp on the B’s line. Bradleys attempt to take quick tap penalty was thwarted unlawfully by a B’s player who had not fully retreated before making the tackle, earning himself a yellow card and the YM a penalty.
From the ensuing scrum the ball was well worked along the backs allowing the YM’s Sam Hodge to open the scoring with a try out wide. Stead banged over the conversion to give the YM an early 7 point lead. 0-7
Almost from the restart with B’s in possession YM stand off Alex Bull was on hand to snatch a slightly wayward pass out of the air and set off upfield from inside his own half towards the line with Bradley in support. Bull had a free sprint to the try line and decided it was too much for his legs to take him and passed to Bradley for the easiest of finishes close to the posts. Stead again converted and it looked as though it was going to be a good day for the YM. 0-
The home side then seemed to take stock and started to use their forwards to good effect. After a line out just inside the YM half the home side set up a maul and drove the ball up well into the YM 22. With the B’s on the front foot, the visitors defence sagged and number 8 Tom Cummins force his way through a gap in the wall to get his side on the board. Full back Taylor was off target with the conversion but made up for his miss shortly afterwards when he added a B’s penalty after the YM were up too quick in defence. 8-14
Stead pulled 3 back with a penalty of his own minutes later to take the score to 8-17. The home side quickly came back onto the attack and for a good while had the better of the game, resulting in another try this time scored by number 7 Tom Booth which Taylor converted to bring the to 15-17
Matters were not helped when YM’s Bradley was sin binned for being offside shortly before the break.
Half time 15-17
With Bradley still in the bin from the restart the YM were put under the cosh, with persistent and prolonged pressure from the B’s resulting in two converted tries by centres Morton and Reed-Purvis, both conceded after poor tackling allowed the home side to make too much ground in possession of the ball 29-17
The YM rallied once more and came back onto the attack. Resulting in two B’s players being yellow carded within minutes of each other for persistent offside and an early tackle at the penalty respectively.
With a temporary numerical advantage the YM continued to maintain their momentum and after a strong scrum in midfield the ball was spun out to Stead, who jinked back inside the cover defence to created a big enough gap for him to go through and score, adding the further 2 points on offer from the conversion. 29-24
The home side continued to cause the YM defensive problems, but they were kept at bay and on a break out of defence the ball was worked upfield and out onto the left wing where once again Stead was on hand, forcing his way over in the corner. His conversion attempt faded across the front to goal but passed by harmlessly to leave the game on a knifedge going into the last 15 minutes. 29-29
YM’s Tetley was yellow carded for a high tackle and with their players back on the field the advantage once again fell to the B’s.
They continued to press and had 3 penalty attempts at goal to try and get their noses in front. 2 were clear misses but one agonisingly bounced of the left hand upright but didn’t go over, much to the relief of the YM supporters and players alike.
As the game drew to a close debutant fly half Garden sent out a well judged kick towards the right hand corner of the field. Full back Fletcher knew the drill and was up on it like a flash, collecting the ball cleanly on the bounce and going over for a try
to put the YM in front again. Stead added a magnificent touchline conversion to give the YM a 7 point advantage which they hung onto despite the best efforts of the home side. 29-36
Final Score 29-36
This was another 5 point win for the YM and credit to the team who never gave up the ghost even after they lost a healthy lead and went 12 points behind. Lots of positives here, however the defence needs firming up as demonstrated by the high number of points shipped in the first 3 games of the season.
Super effort by all the guys who stepped up and it may be that the YM have unearthed a little gem in stand off Garden, a young man who looked very comfortable playing at this level.
Team; Fletcher, Burns-Smith, Clough, Stead, Bennett, Bull, Bradley, Dyke, Hill,
Scholes, Appleby, Cotton, Tindall, Hodge, Kobiti
Subs; Garden, Barrett, Tetley, all used.
Photo Credit: Bev Clough
|15/09/2018||3:00 pm||North 1 East||2018|
|Wagon Lane, Bradford|
|Dowley Gap Ln, Bingley BD16 1LT, UK|
|Bradford & Bingley||29|
|Huddersfield YMCA RUFC||36|
Bradford & Bingley
Huddersfield YMCA RUFC