Although it was the penultimate match of the season there was still plenty to play for in this encounter, with Morley still pursuing the chance to finish runners up in the league. Although not in the leadership race the YM were hoping not to relinquish their fourth placed finish and wins in the last two games could see them yet finish third.
From the outset Morley went at it all guns blazing and within minutes at the first scrum had the YM pack in all sorts of difficulties, resulting in the ball squirting awkwardly from the scrum. Morley were quick to take advantage of the YM disorganisation and whipped the ball out to the right wing where it found Bradshaw. The winger chipped the covering YM defence and won the footrace to touch the ball down giving the first score to Morley. Stand off Chester was off target with the conversion attempt. 5-0
Morley celebrations were however short lived, as from the kick off Ed Black was on hand to win the ball back for the YM. It was worked quickly through the forwards before being fed to the backs where Tom Van Rooyen was on hand to cruise through a gap in the defence and bring the scores level with a try near the posts. Stead added the conversion to put the YM in the lead. 5-7
It was the YM who then took the game forward and with only 10 minutes played Gavin Stead used his power to force his way over the Morley line, with three would be tacklers still trying to haul him down. He added insult to injury by tacking on the conversion to give the YM a decent lead. 5-14
Phew! It was frantic stuff and only 10 minutes gone.
The game then settled a little as both teams began to get the measure of each other testing and probing for weaknesses in the defences and finding none.
After 25 minutes the deadlock was broken when Morley started to get the upper hand, in particular in the set piece where they had the YM pack in a bit of trouble. After a number of reset scrums the ball fell to Morley back rower Brandon Hannam who took his chance to squeeze over the line. Once again Chester was off the mark with the boot. 10-14
The YM regrouped and were starting to make inroads when they carlessly spilled the ball. Morley pounced on it quickly and the left winger kicked it infield to be collected by one of his team mates, who in truth was a mile in front of the kicker in an offside position. The referee didn’t pick up on it and allowed play to continue whereupon the ball was carried up to the YM 22 from where hooker Jacob Percival forced his way over for the try. Again Chester was off target with the conversion leaving the YM still in touch at 15-14
Unfortunately for the YM more of the same followed as once again they were guilty of failing to look after the ball, spilling it carelessly and allowing Morley quick possession from where once again Jacob Percival took the ball on to score yet another try, conjured up on the back of the YM’s sloppy handling. This time Chester added the conversion. 22-14
As half time approached the YM showed that they were not prepared to give up the ghost and after a strong passage of play from the forwards back rower James Tindall broke through from 40 yards out and sprinted to the line to put the YM back in contention. This time Steads conversion was adrift but once again the YM were back within spitting distance of Morley. 22-19
Half time 22-19
After a frantic first half the second was an altogether different affair with two good defences cancelling each other out and most of the play taking place in midfield
The YM pressed for position and the hardworking pack continued to make good ground with Stead throwing in the odd barnstorming tilt at the Morley defence. Eventually the home side were caught offside giving Stead the chance to put his side level which he duly did with a well struck penalty. 22-22
Morley came back once again and Chester got his side back in front after the YM were caught creeping up at the ruck and conceded a penalty. 25-22
The game continued to ebb and flow with both sides having chances leading to nothing as a result of poor handling or wrong decisions.
The YM were on the attack again when Morley infringed with a high tackle. Stead added the points on offer to once again bring the sides level.25-25
As the clock ticked on a draw looked the likely outcome, however Morleys indiscipline was to cost them the game as once again they were caught offside after entering the ruck from the side. Stead kept his cool and slotted the resultant penalty to put the YM noses in front as the game came to a close. 25-28
With only a few minutes left on the clock the YM managed to keep Morley out and the scores remained unchanged at the final whistle.
Final Score 25-28
A good solid win for the YM some fantastic hard working performances from the forwards ably supported by the backs. The only worrying aspect being in respect of ball retention which on the day was poor and gave Morley chances that they shouldn’t have had.
Team; Fletcher, Tetley, Burns-Smith, Van Rooyen, Stead, Bull, Bradley, Dyke, Hill, Scholes, Housley, Black, Tindall, Davidson, Hodge.
Interchange; Barrett Appleby, Barry.
|06/04/2019||3:00 pm||North 1 East||2018/2019|
|38 Scatcherd Ln, Morley, Leeds LS27 0JJ, UK|
|Huddersfield YMCA RUFC||28|
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