GOOD TIMES KEEP A ROLLIN
I need a holiday.
Northallerton first team cemented their position at the top of Yorkshire 3 with a 38-0 away win at South Yorkshire strugglers Stocksbridge.
North dominated much of the match as the home team struggled with Norths physicality and better drilled backs.
Even though Stocks rarely looked liked troubling the scoreboard, they never gave up and showed great team spirit while putting their bodies on the line numerous times to keep North out.
The closest Stocks came to scoring was when centre Jonny Frank inexplicably called ‘Jonny’ instead of ‘mark’ - easy mix up of names I suppose! Soon after Franks was still confused when he decided to give Matthew Marsay a good kicking but ended up worse because as we all know, Marsay has no sense or feeling!!!
North took the lead after six minutes when Lee Peake cheekily distracted his opposite number with a witty + cheeky limerick - or something like that, while the backs put together a slick, cross field move which ended with Joe Greiff not dropping the ball but scoring in the corner. Sam Taylor added the conversion from near the touchline.
After twenty minutes a quick break down the blind side of a ruck by Taylor, released Benjamin James into acres of space to score in the corner, thankfully James put the ball down over the try line and not the 5 yard line. Taylor again added the conversion from another tight angle.
Five minutes before half time North finally got their catch and drive technique sorted as Stocks had thwarted previous attempts, legally or illegally! From the resulting fifteen metre rolling maul, Rob Green touched down for his first try of the season. This time Taylor missed probably one of his easiest kicks of the day.
Half time 0-19
Stocks had been struggling with Norths scrum for the first forty minutes and were probably relieved when North took off the mighty Joe Osleton for the elderly and infirm Paul Dixon with his Zimmer frame. Dixon however showed that technique over size was his fortè as he continued to dominate in the scrum so much Stocks had to change the front row three or four times.
This was evident ten minutes into the second half when North were awarded a penalty try due to the home team deliberately collapsing the scrum on their own five metre line.
After sixty minutes Taylor and James combined well again, this time with Taylor going over the whitewash for a try, which he converted himself.
Ten minutes from time North scored their final try when Green made good ground before being held up just short of the line. Phil Swall however was in quick support and grabbed the ball, one handed off Green and trundled over the try line. With Taylor substituted due to injury, Alexander Metcalfe took over kicking duties but unfortunately saw his kick drift inches wide.
I suppose we should mention a cameo appearance from Doug Mullholland who performed, err, ok-ish!
Final score 0-38
Man of the match was awarded to Phil Swall who just edged out Green.
Next week Northallerton are away at Eindhoven on a cultural exchange visit - we’ll hopefully give them Fishburn in exchange for, well, anything really.
Northallerton first teams next game is at home to our lovely and likeable good friends from Knottingley on the 7th April with a 3pm kick off.
Northallerton second team lost at home to North Ribblesdale in the quarter finals of the cup by 43-14.
Ribblesdale are two leagues higher than North but still at times found the going tough against a game and durable North team, which were coached on the sidelines by Decker Britton.
Norths tries came from Andrew Ryder, son of club stalwart Richard Ryder, and also one for Gareth Essex. Both tries converted by Brian Tucker.
The seconds are trying to arrange a fixture for next Saturday with the opposition yet to be confirmed.