Selby 5 5 Malton and Norton
Honours end even in a nerve racking game played in poor conditions.
Honours ended even if this hard fought North Yorkshire derby. The conditions made free-flowing rugby difficult and both sides were guilty of not finishing off their chances. Centres Caleb Barratt and James Redhead tackled well to prevent Selby releasing their speedy back three and they worked the ball in attack to release Dan Ingham on a run. James Wood judiciously used his boot to provide excellent territorial gains and to keep the front row of James Bulmer, Jack Lear and Angus Bulmer moving forward. The last action of the half saw Lucian Watts score a brilliant solo try as he chased down his own kick ahead to touch down.
A new look centre partnership of Ollie Lee and Tom Turnbull again battered Selby in defence and attack, supported by quality defensive work by Tom Moody. Flankers Isaac Turnbull and Ben Tenge contributed to the tackling and skilfully turned over possession, which allowed Will Hampshire to lead the charge into the Selby half. Matty Wilson exploited any gaps around the fringes and relieved the pressure on Malton’s line with some astute kicking. John Vasconcelos and Joshua Gibson-Somerville came on to lend their weight in the setpieces and loose play. Selby, however, began to exert pressure through their fast backs and desperate defence by Hamish Cunningham-Evans was required to prevent two certain tries. Selby eventually managed to find their way around the Malton defence and their winger touched down despite two attempted, last-ditch tackles from the Malton backs. Man of the Match was Will Hampshire for his pressure relieving runs and his work in the rucks and mauls.
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