Hull Ionians avenge preseason loss to Goole 2nd XV this weekend with a comprehensive performance. Having lost in the first game of pressure season, the Buccaneer's were keen to right the wrongs and to make amends for the only blight of the campaign so far. It was clear from the very start that I's meant business, as forwards immediately made some hard yards to allow the backs including in form score machine Zed Richards to get a 9 minute hat trick. Alongside 2 conversions from 1st XV fly half Greg Lound the score was 0-19.
In the 22nd minute Goole got on the scoresheet however the remainder of the first half followed a pattern of the earlier encounters. Pistol Pete McGlynn, Mike Bradshaw and Skipper Will Gaunt were a constant menace to the opposition pack. A league season debut for 2nd Row Jack Brown was also going well with his nimble footwork making up for his slight frame compared to the opposition pack. The movement of the much bigger Goole front row was key, and mismatches occurred in the centres when James Leitch cut nice line on 24 minutes to score. Zed Richards later added 2 first half tries bringing his tally to 12 in 4 games, and one further Lound conversion had the score at 7-36 at HT.
Demanding a rest, Zed was replaced by Ben Rawson. It was he, and the opposite wing of Chris Glover who added early scores, either side of a try by 2nd rower Andy Gledow. Another 2 Lound conversions racked the tally to 0-59 in 59 minutes!
With a few players looking tired, coach Ferguson brought on centre Rich Holmes, and Veteran No.6 Ray Morris. It was to be an inspirational sub as after a break down the wing from Zed Richards, having returned to the field, was thwarted by the fullback. It was Morris on hand to pick and go, burrowing through the would be defence to score with his first touch of the game.
Goole then capitalised on some rare slack defence by scoring on the blind.
In the 69th minute, Morris ws on hand again to score his second with support from a great break from Charles Parkinson. A soft one hand offload resulted in a score under the sticks and a conversion taken by Lound.
It was tit for tat in the last 10 minutes with I's possibly relaxing knowing they were out of touch. They scored again to bring the score to 17-67. In the dying moments of the game however, another break by Aiden Calvert had Ray Morris' eye dilate like a kid in a candy shop as he supported in search of a second half subs hattrick. It wasn't to be though as the ball was clutched out of the air in between the two players by Greg Lound looking like While E coyote taking candy from the baby as he went through to score under the posts. A few choice words of encouragement / banter gave him the reassurance to slot the conversion to end the game 17-74.