Malton 55 BP Chemicals 0
Report by Ian Cooke
Malton 2ndXV were confident following the victory away at Hullensians the week prior. On top of that they were excited to be playing at home for only the second time in seven weeks.
Following the constant rain over the last week in addition to the snow, special mention should go to the club grounds advisor and 2ndXV coach, James Machin, who was unavailable on Saturday for a fact finding trip to Copenhagen. In his absence it was decided that the game should be played on the fourth pitch, which has a slope and more grass than the other pitches.
BP arrived with 15 men having borrowed a couple from our friends at Scarborough.
Malton started the game running up the hill with intent, constant support from the forwards drove the ball on. It was released to the backs and lovely hands from Anton Wessells, Connor Page, Scott Kneeshaw led to Jacob Stephenson on his return from injury flying down the wing to score in the corner.
BP gained possession but time and again there big runners were sent backwards with Andy Mitchell and Angus Bulmer leading these hits.
Again Malton attacked, the forwards drove on, with Tyler Hodgson to the fore. Lewis Welsh gained possession of the balll close to the tryline and doing his best Rob Featherstone inpression flopped over for the second try which was converted by Wessels.
BP were struggling to gain possession as they were being shunted backwards in the scrums and not winning clean line out ball. Malton's aggression in defence was led by Tim Casey as he urged the pack around him, Jack Tinkler and Ted Hughes listened and acted upon his advice.
BP began to tire and gaps were being created, Josh Wetherill seized this opportunity to score from distance on two occasions using his pace to turn the fullback inside out. Angus Bulmer then made a break, from the resulting ruck, James Bulmer picked and drove to score.
During this period, Matty Clarke had his seasonal bow, pulling on the BP shirt after an injury reduced their number. The Malton pack wanted to flex their muscles and they did that from a catch and drive, Ted Hughes was slowest up and claimed it. The scoring was finished for the half when after tireless work by the fowards led to slick hands from the backs including a no look pass from captain Kneeshaw reached Ross Harrison, who having managed to keep hold of the ball used Nicky Embleton as a foil and ghost over. In my many years of watching Casey I have never seen him score a try from 40m but today it looked odds on until he was cruely tripped by Harrison who was laid on the floor injured. Half time 43 0.
Malton made some substitutes, Pete Hopkins having completed his post man duties, slower than usual due to the Christmas card expanse had arrived and went into the front row, Casey whose confidence was knocked after the trip incident was rested. Nick Bastow on for Keeshaw and Marc Dring on for Harrison.
Unfortunately for Malt', BP raised thier game, taking quick tap penalties as Malton regularly infringed and became disjointed. BP had most of the territory and possession but the home defence held firm. Malton broke away twice to score, with Welch burrowing over and Dring diving over in the corner.
The Full time score was 55 0, Wessells converting 5 out of the 9 tries. Malton played their best rugby of the season in the first half, the fowards followed the ball, the backs chose the right option regularly, hitting lines or passing down the line at the appropriate time. Next week the 2ndXV are on their travels again to Scunthorpe where the theme will be Christmas jumpers.
Special mention should go to Verity Wood who was touch judge for her fist senior game.