Safe as Houses Dunc leads way in fine win
2nd spot still in our sights...
They have have been bottom of the entire Pennine League, but Kings Cross A were no pushovers. Ok they didn’t have any real size, or skill, and despite being a relatively young set of lads – they didn’t have any Speedy Gonzalez type players either, but how they are below Wyke in the league is a mystery.
Their biggest mistake was never learning where to kick…or rather, where not to – straight at Duncan Chapman. Nearly every single kick off was fired the way of our dopey-looking forward and every time we took it cool as a cucumber. Sometimes even offering up a little bit of a kick up, just to gather the ball from the floor into his hands. Going uphill Cross peppered their fans’ side so Aidan Whiting was also called upon numerous times to return kicks and didn’t drop one either.
It took until the second half for Sedge to find their stride, we changed end 14-10 down. Going up the slope three sloppy tries were all conceded in the far corner due to silly penalties once again gifting field position and then people not sliding over to cover. Boovey wriggled over his first of the day, but his hopes of top try scorer are still not safe as John Adams matched him with a pair of tries himself, the first of which came after ploughing over the line after the ball was shipped wide.
Down the slope and an early Sedge try seemed to see the Halifax lad’s heads drop. They were still very much in the game score-wise but they just seemed to give up. Smiler barrelled over for his third try of the season before Boove and GB added their second each. Our number 9 should have easily had a hat-trick after a couple of long distance breaks down the slope, but none finished with him over the line or the field position he’d created resulting in another Sedge score.
Someone who should have had his name on the scoresheet was the normally reliable Dan Wright. Sure, he chipped in along with the 13 and a half of us on the pitch (like Shaun counts as a full player the old git), grafting away up and down the park. But when he had his chance of glory, his own personal “Duncan verses Cowling” moment – he choked. Over the line with ball in hand and he goes and drops it. Duncan had to wait ten years at this club for a try Dan…you still be playing in 2025…?
Olly finished things off with another easy try as Cross tired and the final moments saw DT sin binned for a beautifully executed – but highly illegal – People’s Elbow.
Moment of the Match: Frank going absolutely ballistic at Aidan for letting little Spud attempt a conversion – which he couldn’t have sliced more if he was working in Domino’s!
The race for Top Try Scorer stands at: Booth 16, Adams 12, Birkett 10. Who's your money on lads...?
J.Ward, A.Whiting, J.Adams, D.Terry, L.Read, D.Call, L.Barnes, K.Terry, R.Booth, D.Wright, D.Chapman, L.Birkett, R.Bahan SUB: S.Barnes
Tries: Booth(2), Adams(2), Bahan, Birkett