Worth-y Champions? Not in our book
Heavy home loss leaves top 3 ambitions hanging by a thread...
Worth Village clinched the Division Six West title in a clinical, albeit unsporting, manner on the Odsal rec. Taking the piss throughout these set of lads from ‘that there Keefly’ won’t win any style awards anytime soon, in fact they weren’t anything to rave about and that showed in the second half when Sedge finally switched on and were in touching distance throughout.
The game started as bad as possible as Worth’s high flying kick off earned them an instant drop out and ball in hand within ten seconds. Coming downhill the league leaders blitzed Odsal early doors with try after try, although some were more embarrassing than others – their hooker scooting over unchallenged from 5 yards being the worst. Matters weren’t helped when Sedge were temporarily down to 11 men thanks to quick-fire yellows for Spud and Olly.
Sedge did manage to escape a first half nilling when a wayward wide pass was just ball-watched by one of the Worth wingers and John Adams scooped up the free ball to sprint up the slope and score under the sticks. And when Spud (somehow) handed off a defender out and wide and crashed over near the corner flag, suddenly the deficit wasn’t all that bad.
The ground definitely played its part though. There may have been a fair few games postponed this season due to waterlogged pitches, but the Sedbergh slope could of really use a watering can or 2 on Saturday! The dust clouds flying up whenever anyone was slammed into the rock hard turf showed how hard it was underfoot, and no one felt the brunt of this more than golden oldie sub Damien Cockshott. In his first 3 drives each time he was absolutely crunched onto the iron slab pitch courtesy of the away side’s tackle-machine hooker.
More yards could’ve probably been made by Sedge but the ref kept picking and choosing the moments in which we could do a quick tap, so more than once a chance for some fast yards was missed out on.
Boovey kept GB at arm’s length for the top try scorer accolade with another trademark score from acting half and a second half score of 10-16 shows just how unspectacular Worth really are when they don’t have a hill to their advantage and a willing grafting side meeting them in defence.
I for one would relish watching Worth square up against a decent 4th/5th division side like Selby or Sherburn – then we’d see just how much they’re singing at the full time whistle.
J.Ward, A.Whiting, J.Adams, L.Birkett, K.Read, D.Call, L.Barnes, D.Wright, R.Booth, K.Terry, D.Chapman, M.Bairstow, R.Bahan SUBS: D.Cockshott, T.Ellison, L.ReadTries: Adams, K.Read, Booth