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Odsal Sedbergh A
Boothtown Terriers A
J Adams, J Ward, A Whiting, L Birkett, M Bairstow
A Whiting
Sat 9 May 14:30 - Pennine ARL - Division Six West Full time

Terriers knick undeserved win

Lingering promotion hopes exstinguished in late loss...

Sedge fell to a disappointing late defeat at home to visiting Boothtown at the weekend, in an almost flip reverse of the fixture earlier this season when Sedge snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in similar fashion over at their place.

The game started horrifically with Boothtown racing into an early 8-0 lead playing uphill. God knows how that happened. But Sedge knuckled down and started getting in the away side’s faces and boy didn’t they like it. John Adams got Odsal back in the game, although was taken off soon after after giving out a less-than-manly yelp when one of their lads came in with a swinging arm when he had already been tackled. I’ve been playing rugby alongside Mr Adams for 17 years – and not once have I heard him make that noise.

Josh Briggs was at the centre of everything good in the Odsal defence, with some unreal tackles that just scythed down the Halifax side's forwards, sending them into doing tipple-tales at times!

Shipping the ball wide then paid dividends twice as Jonny Ward dived over to level and then a smashing face pass from Chez sent Aidan Whiting scampering to in at the bottom corner right on the whistle, leaving Sedge 4 ahead with the slope against us.

Tries were traded a few more times but Sedge, who’s attacks were being well orchestrated by young duo Dom and Luke all game, seemed to have taken full control when Olly barrelled over as he always does in one corner, before Marcus ‘Butterbean’ Bairstow found space by the top corner flag to plan the ball over the line for his first score of the season. Sedge led 20-12 and surely a try or two more would seal it.

However it wasn’t to be. Boothtown quickly replied, but Sedge kept them at bay when Aidan slotted over a penalty right under the sticks. Then the visitors scored again courtesy of the most forward pass you are likely to see all season – unless you were the man in the middle that is. Every single conversion had been missed so Sedge were still 2 points up going into the final exchanges.

Boothtown scored to go ahead for the first time since the 10th minute, despite being massively offside from a kick and chase.
With the final play of the game there was still a chance, with a massive 3 man overlap on the Boothtown side waited to be exploited, but unfortunately Dom Call knocked on and the final whistle blew.

J.Ward, A.Whiting, J.Briggs, J.Adams, L.Read, D.Call, L.Barnes, K.Terry, S.Hall, D.Wright, D.Chapman, A.Lovett, L.Birkett SUBS: J.Sharp, R.Bahan, M.Bairstow, N.Chapman

Tries: Adams, Ward, Whiting, Birkett, Bairstow

Goals: Whiting

HT: 12-8

Key moments

Try John Adams scores for Odsal Sedbergh A
Try Jonny Ward scores for Odsal Sedbergh A
Try Aidan Whiting scores for Odsal Sedbergh A
Try Lee 'Olly' Birkett scores for Odsal Sedbergh A
Try Marcus Bairstow scores for Odsal Sedbergh A
Penalty Goal Aidan Whiting kicks a penalty for Odsal Sedbergh A
Replay game

As it happened

  • Odsal Sedbergh A
  • Boothtown Terriers A
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  • Robert 'Smiler' Bahan Sub On 13:00'
  • John Adams Try 15:00'
  • Nick Chapman Sub On 19:00'
  • James Sharp Sub On 23:00'
  • Marcus Bairstow Sub On 29:00'
  • Jonny Ward Try 34:00'
  • Aidan Whiting Try 40:00'
  • Lee 'Olly' Birkett Try 55:00'
  • Marcus Bairstow Try 60:00'
  • Aidan Whiting Penalty Goal 62:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Worth Village 20 36
2. Victoria Rangers A 20 32
3. Meltham All Blacks 20 30
4. Odsal Sedbergh A 20 25
5. Queensbury B 20 19
6. Illingworth A 19 12
7. Wyke A 20 12


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