The curtain comes down on 2014/15
Vic Rangers A sealed a top 2 finish in Division 6 West with a comprehensive away win at the Odsal Rec. The start was very slack with embarrassing marker defence, people facing away from the pitch to allow them to scoot in and more shirt grabbing than you’d seen at a Primark clearance sale. Vics were nowt special but made us look like mugs.
However, this was not the same Vics side we have played twice already this year. At the end of the match with promotion secured there were no Worth Village-style celebrations and cheers and sing songs…either because Vics respect us too much to do it (PAH!) orrrrrr because there were only a couple of regular second teamers actually playing yesterday. It speaks volumes about the way the club is run that they would gladly not select the lads who have played all year and got them into 2nd spot already, just to 110% make sure we don’t cause an upset. Watch out lads we’re playing Sedge seconds at the weekend – best bring in the big guns. Really? Well here’s something to think on – we actually scored more points against this particular Vics side than the previous two fixtures put together! There was also the odd instance in the second half where their number 5, who had been taking a fair bit of abuse from the Sedge faithful, mysteriously and magically morphed into another person entirely! They’ve got mad skills these Vics lads. It doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, even if we had beaten Boothtown and these in our final two games we would’ve still ended 4th. But it just beggars belief why they were so so set on cheating, when there was no need.
At the least the Sedge try scorers brought some smiles. Tordoff opened the scoring for Sedge before good support play saw Dom Call gallop away to score and take his name off of the Naked Run hit-list. Meaty was next to go over – TWO IN A SINGLE SEASON – one daredn’t dream about how much they could’ve scooped at the bookies on that pre-season!
Next over was Mini-Spud, also avoiding the Naked Run (which may have broken some child protection laws anyway…but this is rugby league…such things are exempt from the law surely). He delayed his dive with the corner gaping and it was only after the ref concurred with linesman/waterboy/missing through injury John Adams that it was indeed given as a try. But finish of the SEASON was soon seen in the other corner. The ball was swept across the line and hitting the perfect angle from deep was Uncle Dunc, who swanned dived over the whitewash in spectacular style!! As I’ve said before, Duncan was my winger on my open age debut way back when - looks like ten years later he still possesses some of that number 2 killer instinct!
Tord rounded off the scoring with a sublime piece of individual skill (luck) when he sent a kick through, it hit the base of the post, spun around in the in-goal and he somehow flopped on it to score.
Who knows what will be happening next year. The Pennine have a habit of chopping and changing the league’s to their heart’s content. But ending up as the “best of the rest” in 4th behind the big 3 of Worth, Vics and Meltham isn’t a bad return, especially when you think of the many times we’ve struggled for numbers.
Silver linings: We completed every single fixture this season when it could have been so easy to not bother travelling (Allerton Bywater away comes to mind). We ended in the top 3rd of a very unpredictable league in terms of the standard of opposition. Half the time you end up playing a batch of first teamers – I swear we are the only side who refuses to stock the seconds with first teamers under other people’s cards when the firsts don’t have a game. We have a very strong pack and a 6/7 pairing that will tear this league apart when they’ve been playing together for 4 or 5 more years. Surely the next-gen half backs of the Sedge in the 2020’s.
Oh and Chez decided it would be smart to elbow Aidan in the face, breaking his eye socket in two places, scuppering his holiday to Las Vegas and he now needs surgery to fix it. You utter bellend Lovett!! Silver linings: At least you weren’t blinded Aidan…
J.Priestley, A.Whiting, J.Ward, J.Tordoff, L.Rad, S.Flynn, D.Call, D.Wright, L.Barnes, R.Bahan, A.Lovett, D.Chapman, L.Birkett SUBS: M.Bairstow, S.Barnes, K.Terry
Tries: Tordoff(2), Call, Terry, Read, Chapman