Goole fall to League Leaders
Goole suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the table toppers, but did secure an unexpected try bonus point in the process
Goole RUFC 1st XV 27 – 66 Barnsley RUFC 1st XV
Goole entertained table toppers Barnsley at Westfield on Saturday and as expected, on current form, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of league leaders. They did however manage to secure a 4 try bonus point which would have lifted them off the bottom of the table but for an unexpected away win for second bottom Moortown.
Barnsley quickly showed their intent, gathering their own kick off, and showing good continuity for their winger to go clear and cross under the posts for a converted try. Goole then woke up and had some good possession until a mistake was forced and Barnsley pounced to score another converted score through their pacy scrum half. Goole responded and when a James Dougherty break was held up over the line, Craig Fenton forced his way over following several drives close to the line. Mike Stoakes added the extras. Barnsley replied quickly as Goole kicked away possession and allowed the Barnsley centre to round the chasers and dummy his way over from 60metres, the try well converted with a drop kick as the ball fell off the tee. Goole were competing fairly well, their own errors contributing to their demise but were next on the scoreboard as Ollie White crashed over following good forward play. The conversion was missed and Barnsley led 21-12 midway through the half. A missed touch kick gave away possession and the visitors capitalised as their lock forward crossed under the posts for a converted try and bonus point. Gooles’ cause was not helped as Neil Cawood was sin binned for foul play and Barnsley made the most of their advantage as the fullback took a well timed pass to stroll over for another converted score. A good break by Ollie White, supported by Ricky Gormley was stopped illegally and Ollie white took a quick tap penalty and forced his way over for a try converted by Mike Stoakes. Stoakes added a penalty at the end of the half for 35 – 22 halftime lead for the visitors.
The visitors were well in control and ran in 5 further tries in the second half, capitalising on Goole errors, but also displaying devastating attacks and accurate finishing as the Goole side tired somewhat in the face of the onslaught. They did however mange to score a fourth try and secure the try bonus point following a good break from Neil Cawood creating space for replacement Chris “tat” Hancox to cross. The final score of 66 – 27 to the visitors was a fair reflection of the game, the league leaders showing their class against a Goole side that never gave up but have had a long hard season. Two more fixtures to complete the league programme for Goole, away at Ripon on 14th April and the final game of the season away at Yarnbury on 21st April and with relegation confirmed a chance to start the rebuilding process for next years Yorkshire 3 campaign