Match Date: 16th Feb 2013
Competition: Pennine League Division Three
Result: Odsal Sedbergh 50-0 Wortley Dragons
Sellers Scores in Wortley Whitewash
Report by Jonathon Ward
11 tries and 3 conversions saw Sedge post half a century for the first time since a 74-10 demolition of Vics almost 2 years ago. It was also Sedge's first home clean sheet since a 54-0 win, also over Vics, in Feb 2010.
The ball got rolling after the first set of the match earned a drop-out and from that field position a simple Robert Booth drop off saw Chris Walsh barge over after only 2 minutes. Hungry for the ball throughout was captain Luke Sellers, who was evidently desperate to break his duck for the season and went agonisingly close after Sedge continued to be camped on the Wortley line early doors and his attempt to crash over fell inches short. The next forward to make an impact was super-sub Meaty. With his first drive off the bench the fans favourite flattened one of the Dragons’ defenders, earning a huge roar from the crowd.
Despite the eventual scoreline Sedge were slow to start with, and it took some solid defence from Robert Priestley and Shaquille Jones to keep the visitors at bay.
Wortley Dragons (H) 161 photos
Another drop-off got Odsal their second try, this time it was Kipper who set up Joshua Briggs for his first of the day. Minutes later, with the Sedbergh attack relentlessly coming in wave after wave, Kaine McEwan spotted a gap and hit a face pass to Andy Gabriel on the wing. The speedy back ran down the touchline, did four sidesteps in the same place toying with the defence, before finishing in the corner. The wingman grabbed the fourth try of the first half when another attack in that bottom corner ended with Briggs popping out a classy offload to Gabriel, who couldn’t miss from close range. With no goals kicked it was 16-0 at the break.
The first of Odsal’s SEVEN tries up the slope came courtesy of the captain himself. After so many near-misses, this match included, a massive overlap in the top corner looked as if it was going to be finished by ever reliable Barnie Bland, but the second rower selflessly shipped the ball to Luke Sellers who finally crossed the whitewash in his tenth game of the season!
Wortley then had a rare stint of sustained pressure in the Sedge 20, but a moment of magic soon shifted the initiative back in Odsal’s favour. A spilled ball under the sticks was scooped up on the bounce by Sam Greenwood, who then tore up the middle of the park making a 60 yard drive. From there the ball found its way out wide to Andy Gabriel, who completed his hat-trick in style. Chipping the ball over his opposite number, collecting it on the bounce and swan diving into the corner, taking his tally to 12 tries in 13 appearances in 12-13.
A quality set move from a scrum saw Greenwood bust through the Wortley pack and cross to get in on the act and sixty seconds later Sedge were over once more thanks to Shaun Flynn. From the kick-off Kipper caught the ball and bust the line, looking set for an impressive 90 metre try, but he didn’t back himself and fluffed an attempted offload to the supporting Flynny. Aye well, it couldn’t all have gone perfect!
Yet another gap on the left flank ended in Robert Priestley assisting cousin Jared with a score, keeping the wingman at the top of the try scoring charts with 14 in 14.
A barnstorming drive from Lee Birkett created good field position, meaning simple hands down the line gifted another score, this time for Briggs to complete his brace.
The final try had a bit of class about it. With yet another left side gap exploited sub Luke Dawon could easily have offloaded outwide, but instead dummied, shifted his weight onto the inside and ended up under the sticks, with Flynny’s conversion sealing the big 5-0 for Sedbergh.
FB-S.Greenwood W-Gabriel C-Briggs C-R.Priestsley W- Jared Priestley SO-Woolham SH-Flynn PR-Sellers HK-R.Booth PR-Walsh SR-Bland SR-Sharp LF-McEwan SUB-Birkett SUB-Jones SUB-Dawson SUB-K.Terry
Tries: Walsh, Briggs(2), Gabriel(3), Sellers, S.Greenwood, Flynn, Jared Priestley, Dawson
Goals: Woolham, Flynn(2)
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Updated 13:28 - 16 Feb 2017 by Jonathon Ward