Twelve and a half men
King Cross Park A 14 Wyke A 26
There was little to choose between the starting line ups with centre Ben Robertshaw marking his debut with a copy book tackle on a prop twice his size, and the hardest man in the club Ryan Barrett being targeted early on. Welsh refugee centre Owain Griffiths put in a huge workload and with no recognised half backs makeshift scrum half Adam Taylor demonstrated an array of kicking options to force a dropout. Prop Kieran Baxter drove the ball up and with Wyke worrying about Barrett the other prop Adam Beare only had to carry 4 defenders over the line to open the scoring. The visitors rotated their substitutes wisely and took advantage of the lack of Park reserves to score 3 tries. Full back Halden Thoseby joined the line at every opportunity and it was his defence which stood out with a string of try savers restricting the score to 6 - 14 at half time.
With Griffiths leaving to fulfil his Italian waitress dreams it was literally an uphill battle as Wyke stretched the lead despite more heroics from Thoseby and a last gasp effort from stand off Matt Brown. Peg leg hooker Jamie Morton combined with Taylor to marshall the team around and even though King Cross were outnumbered Robertshaw displayed his family running and handling skills to somehow create an overlap for Brown to go over in the corner. The momentum continued with man of the match Barrett causing havoc up the middle and winger Will Sutcliffe stretching the opposition out wide. Morton caught white line fever with repeated short range scoots and looked to have been snubbed only to squeeze the ball out to Brown for his brace. The 33.333333'% conversion ratio from Brown made no difference as the extra bodies told in the end.
Tries - Adam Beare, Matt Brown 2
Goal - Matt Brown
Man of the match - Ryan Barrett