This weeks visitors to Laund Hill were near neighbours Morley, who up to press have had a fairly mixed set of results. On the other hand the YM were looking to maintain a run of wins which had seen them climb to the top of the league last week.
With the loss of 4 influential players and the atrocious weather going to have a big say in matters it remained to be seen whether the YM could come up with the goods once again.
Straight from the kick off the YM took the game to the visitors with the quality of ball retention outstanding given the conditions. Morley were strong in defence but eventually after the ball had been driven in and recycled in excess of 40 times the defensive line faltered enough to allow YM winger Kyle Tetley in at the corner, after he gathered a brilliantly quick tip pass courtesy of Sam Hodge, which created the mere hint of a gap to go through. The wind had the better of Steads conversion attempt. 5-0
Morley managed to get their hands on the ball and having worked it up towards the YM 22 were awarded a penalty which full back Isherwood sank to get his side on the scoreboard 5-3
Good defence from both sides held a lot of the play in midfield, but eventually the YM’s persistence paid off, when a good combination of forward power and guile from the backs created the room that Tindall needed to get his side over the line. A good solid build up by the forwards was followed by a flash of individual flair as scrum half Joah Bradley flipped up a sublime reverse pass into the hands of Sam Hodge who then made the break, finding Tindall on hand to take the final scoring pass. Stead added the conversion to give the YM a decent lead at half time 12-3
Half time 12-3
From the restart Morley took the game on and were awarded a penalty when the YM were caught offside. Isherwood again managed to master the conditions to get the points. 12-6
Worryingly the YM scrum had been second best all day and the line out also left a lot to be desired, the result being lots of possession for Morley which required the YM defence to be at its best which fortunately up to that point it had been.
For lengthy periods of the half the teams cancelled each other out with neither gaining the sort of dominance needed to create any clear cut chances.
YM could have had the game sewn up when Clough made a super break, carving his way through the Morley defence and out into space with only one man to beat and his winger in support. He did all the right things and drew the remaining defender leaving the winger with an open field but unfortunately the final pass was a stinker leaving the winger no chance of collecting it, thereby letting the visitors off the hook.
Morley took advantage of their good fortune and pressed the YM defence harder, this time with success. From yet another disaster of a scrum Morley gained possession of the ball and quickly whipped it along the line, for outside centre Jason Kenneally to take advantage of a gap in the defence and scoot over for a Morley try. Isherwoods conversion was adrift but the teams were now only 1 point apart. 12-11
The YM didn’t panic and came back onto the attack once more. The Morley defence dug in and did what was needed to keep the home side at bay. During that period the YM were awarded two penalties which on a calmer day would have been well within Steads range, on both occasions he declined the chance to go for goal instead opting to kick for position. Unfortunately for the YM, with their line out not functioning at its best the challenges on the Morley line petered out and the YM came away with no points to show for their efforts.
As the game drew to a close the visitors were once again on the front foot. The YM crowd held their breath and everybody in the stand was willing them not to give away any penalties within kicking distance. Unfortunately the likelihood of that happening was slim given the amount of penalties the referee had already awarded and so it was that with over 4 minutes of added time already played, the referee caught the YM offside and blew his whistle to signal the penalty well within kickable distance.
Up stepped Isherwood and he managed to control his nerves enough to beat the elements and land the penalty which gave his side the victory on the last play of the match. 12-14
Final score 12-14.
This was a game that the YM should have won, however their failure to compete effectively at the set piece was their undoing denying them of too much possession and field position.
Team; Fletcher, Tetley, Clough, Stead, Bullock, Bull, Bradley, Barrett, Hill, Dyke, Housley, Black, Davidson, Tindall, Hodge.
Interchange; Scholes, Garside, Burnett
|08/12/2018||3:00 pm||North 1 East||2018|
|Laund Hill Stadium|
|33 Hadrian\'s Cl, Huddersfield HD3 3XZ, UK|
|Huddersfield YMCA RUFC||12|
Huddersfield YMCA RUFC