YMCA kickstarted their new season with a good 36 – 31 home win against a very competitive Malton and Norton outfit. In an entertaining high scoring game, both sides made light of the very wet conditions with the result in doubt until the closing minutes. With time almost up and the YM 29 – 24 up and defending their own line home centre Tom Clough intercepted the ball and raced 90 meters to score wide out and with Gavin Stead adding the extras it put the home team 12 points clear, 36 – 24.
The visitors started like a house on fire and their offloading and backing up game had the YM on the back foot from the off. The home team’s defensive cause was not helped when Stead had to leave the field on 5 minutes with a head injury. Stead later returned after the compulsory 10 minutes head injury time out to score 16 points with the boot. On 10 minutes it was no surprise when the visitors took the lead with a well-worked try from a scrum on halfway. The ball was quickly moved down the right where influential full-back Ali Fothergill made the break and after some neat interplay wing forward Sam Triffit was on hand to touch down. Conversion missed YM 0 – 5 Malton.
Stead having returned to the pitch reduced the deficit with a 30-meter penalty. YM 3 – 5 Malton. YM were still having difficulty containing the lively visitors so it was somewhat against the run of play when they took the lead. On 22 minutes the home team made a rare visit into the Malton 22 where from a penalty scrum-half Bradley took a quick tap and was tackled just short of the try line. From the ensuing ruck prop Stuart Dyke forced his way over, Stead was unable to convert the try but YM were now in the game, YM 8 – 5 Malt.
Stead further increased the YM lead with another penalty sweetly struck from fully 45 meters out, YM 11 – 5 Malt.
YM were now in the ascendancy with their forwards choosing to keep hold of the ball but it was almost halftime before they managed to increase their lead. Malton had a scrum just inside their own half and with creditable ambition, they tried an intricate back move but over-elaboration allowed Tom Clough to intercept the ball and race clear to score and with Stead adding the extras it gave the Home team an 18 – 5 half time lead.
Malton were quick to respond as almost from the restart they reduced the arrears with a try and conversion of their own. Once again it was full back Fothergill who made the initial break and with quick hands the ball was passed out to wing Tenge who raced in to score, Rangiuera converted. YM 18 – 12 Malt.
On 50 minutes YM not to be outdone produced a textbook back move of their own to further increase their lead. From a scrum on halfway stand-off Bull received the ball and looped round to give Tom Clough the space he needed to ghost through the defensive line and outpace the fullback to score wide out. Stead was unable to convert but the YM had a handy 23 – 12 lead.
Back came Malton with a try of their own after a good break by Armitage. Sloppy YM defending allowed Malton easy yards before stand-off Raduva touched down wide out, conversion missed YM 23 – 17 Malton.
At this point, it was anybody’s game and it was Malton who grabbed the initiative with a converted try to put them into a one-point lead. Reverting to their offloading game they took play to the YM line and only solid defense kept them out but inevitably the pressure told and second row Emms touched down and with Rangiuera adding the extras the visitors took the lead, YM 23 – 24 Malton.
YM steadied the ship and reasserted themselves with Stead adding two further penalties and then with time running out the game was put beyond Malton when Clough scored his third try with the 90-meter interception, the sure-footed Stead rubbing salt into the wound with a conversion from the touchline. YM 36 – 24 Malton.
Deep into injury time the never say die Malton side scored a consolation try which was converted to give a final score of YM 36 – 31 Malton.
YM: Fletcher, Burns-Smith, Clough, Stead, Burnett, Bull, Bradley, Scholes, Hill, Dyke, Housley, Black, Davison, Tindall, Hodge.
Subs(all used): Garside, Barrett, Nasaqa.
|08/09/2018||3:00 pm||North 1 East||2018|
|Laund Hill Stadium|
|33 Hadrian\'s Cl, Huddersfield HD3 3XZ, UK|
|Huddersfield YMCA RUFC||36|
|Malton & Norton||31|
Huddersfield YMCA RUFC
|3||Stuart Dyke (c)||Prop||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||Harry Scholes||Number Eight||0||0||0||0||0|
Malton & Norton