Hustlers v Stocktonians
In a crazy , fast , ever changing world there are very few things you can cling to as constants , they’re the rocks that anchor us & keep us sane :
The earth will always revolve around the sun .
Pi will always be 3.14159 recurring .
Giving is always better than receiving ;)
And the Hustlers never ever ever EVER win when Ralphy is with the team .
But in a result that has sent shockwaves throughout the Rugby world ,
Kristopher oversaw a remarkable victory for Acklams 3rd team.
Here’s how it unfolded .......
The Hustlers were again for the 2nd week running blessed with good numbers, which was great to see if not somewhat of a headache trying to get everyone some game time.
Thankfully mother nature was a little kinder this week, although the conditions were wet, they were somewhat tropical in comparison what the team suffered last time out, which made some of the guys question the latest purchase of the ever present Stu Richardson (GLOVES), Stu was so caught up in the excitement of his new gloves.............he forgot his boots.
As the game kicked off, hopes were high that the hustlers would get the win, however Stockton had other plans, they were very powerful though their forwards and Acklam struggled to compete in the opening exchanges.
Stockton opened the scoring on 8 minutes with a converted try, and continued to pile on the pressure. On 17 minutes Stockton added another 7points, and the hustlers looked like they were in big trouble 0-14 .
Acklam finally got some points on the board, some good work saw Tom Hughes go over to make it 5-14 but they couldn't add the extra 2points.
The 23rd minute saw something special, Mike Dickons showing that 10s can tackle too, the club are now looking for quotes to repair the damage to the pitch.
Just before the half hour mark Acklam were reduced to 14 men, as Stockton pushed for the like the were awarded an penalty, a quick tap saw Michael Robinson making a tackle but was deemed to not have retreated far enough and he saw yellow.
Although down a man Acklam looked like they were starting to turn things around as on 29 minutes Craig McIvor went in under the post and Bobby Marks nudged the conversion over to make it 12-14.
Having served his time in the bin, Michael Robinson picked up a knock, this saw the return of Stephen Clark who has been kept busy since last October with 2 new additions to his family, although it was great to see him back on the pitch.....his first touch wasn't his best as he knocked the ball on conceding possession.
On 35 minutes Jonny Sykes crossed the white wash for his first of the game, taking Acklam in to the break now leading 17-14.
The second half kicked off, Acklam now on the front foot and were looking to add more points, this was made a little easier as Stockton were reduced to 13 with 2 yellow cards in quick succession both for high tackles. With the 2 man advantage Acklam added 2 more converted tries the first from Liam Cochran after breaking a few tackles, and the second from Brandon "forest gump" wright with some powerful running, 31-14.
With 52 minutes gone, Stockton were back up to 15 and Acklam were quickly down to 14, Angry Shaun seeing yellow for a high tackle.
The game wasn't dirty despite the total of yellow cards now being 4, one of the Stockton players who had previously been binned for a high tackle then saw red as he committed the same offence.
Acklam were now looking to capitalise on the extra man advantage and really put Stockton to the sword. Jonny Sykes added to his total, Cochran with the conversion. 38-14.
Alex mcloughlin now on the wing showed great pace to cross the line....... as he chased team mate Tom Hughes looking for a pass to get this first try, but Hughes had other ideas and touched down himself, Cochrane added the extra points. 45-14.
On 65 minutes more changes were made, and even captain George Weston had to make way, with young Alexander Faint taking over at the helm.
The Hustlers next try was a thing of pace and beauty, Wright again with powerful running was tackled and managed to get the ball away to Faint who was hot on his heels and managed to scoop the ball up without breaking stride and run the ball in for a try, 2 point added by Cochrane. 52-14.
Stockton were then again a man down as their captain saw yellow for dissent. Not known for keeping his opinion to himself Mike Dickon's also saw yellow for decent, it maybe coincidence but with only 10 minutes to go he had made sure he wouldn't have to come back on.
Acklam added a further 2 trys through Cochrane (+2pts) and the final score from Sykes completing his hat trick. Final Score 64-14
A great result, Acklam showed real pride and passion to get back in to the game after a poor start.
Credit to Stockton who kept going to the final whistle .
There are special mentions for James Weatherly who is showing he improving each time he plays, Craig McIvor who found himself out of his normal position and still managed to make some big hits and scored a great try. There was a strong performance from chucky as he trys to get his old bones ready for tour. Also thanks to Andy Broere who made an 80mile round trip just to help out.
MOM goes to Alexander Faint, he had a great game at 9, made some important tackles and even managed a try.
Thank you to everyone who turned up and pulled on an Acklam shirt today