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Tsingtao Beer Gets The Better of Coach Stuart
It’s only when you go to play at places like Hornsea do you realise just how lucky we are in Ossett to be at the junction of the counties two biggest motorways with a third close by. Hornsea however is not near a motorway and what is a good day out for other teams means a long trek to every away game. Hornsea to Skipton? No thank you. They haven’t blobbed a single away game all season and having now been there they must be commended for their efforts, especially considering the results they’ve been unfortunate enough to be on the end of.
With Jonny Karadzic kindly renting a minibus and volunteering to drive everyone there Ossett set off to play off the back of a good run of form and a side to play against that they scored 50 past to no reply at Ossett. We were aware at home they would be a different beast, as most teams are, and this would be no push over.
Ossett started brightly and were deep in the Hornsea half when a wayward pass was picked up by the Hornsea winger who ran the length of the field which pleased the large crowd gathered for their Presidents day. Conversion missed, 5-0. Ossett’s set piece once again proved dominant with the front row excelling, even making the referee change a Hornsea replacement prop for safety reasons. Mark Stuart, Rob Young and Paul Westerman made an excellent start which was bolstered by the arrival of Ryan Fonquernie to use his abnormal strength to good effect. Hornsea had a well drilled lineout which while Ossett disrupted clean ball for the opposition, only managed to steal the one ball cleanly when Chris White managed to get in front of his opposite number due to a tactical change by Coach Stuart. Joe Rotchell was once again prominent, just like the lump on the side of his face from the Hornsea boot which raked across it, which the referee didn’t seem overly concerned about but unfoundedly warned Ossett about doing it to Hornsea shortly afterwards. John Hall was again ever present and made good ground with ball in hand just like Dale Burnley and Jack Peat was his usual self at the breakdown, either trying to steal it from the tackled player or trying to get over the top to disturb the scrum half.
The day was to be one for the backs to impress as the back line quickly sussed Hornsea’s crash ball centre with Danny Buckley eagerly anticipating his attack. Mark Fisher and Tim Roberts linked up well with Clinton North on the wings to keep check of all kicks and ran them back hard to attack the Hornsea defence. Ossett’s first try came from Buckley stepping from behind the ruck and then using his miniature T-Rex arms to reach over from 1 yard and score the first try as he was brought to the ground by the Hornsea defender. Ossett’s second try came from a penalty on 10 metres from the Hornsea line and 5 metres in from touch. Jack Drury saw an open field on the opposite side of the pitch and kicked clean into the hands of a waiting Shaun Abson who touched down with no opposition. Andy Bell brought his boots along as he was holidaying nearby and did an excellent job marshalling the back line while JK moved into the forwards to give a brief respite to the forwards in turn due to the work rate required and the lack of subs. The third try came off the back of a move practiced in training but the Hornsea defence didn’t get the memo and let a charging Jonny Karadzic straight through their lines and under the posts before the move could be carried out. The fourth, and important bonus point try, came from Drury and Abson linking up once again for a cross field kick but this time there was competition but Abson managed to get the ball before the Hornsea full back claimed it and touched down. Drury tried to wangle a free pint from the referee for the last conversion as it was out on the touch line but pulled it just wide. Luckily the referee didn’t stay long enough to claim his free drinks as he mustn’t have found the freezing cold showers to his taste.
With a final score of 10-25 Ossett had secured a bonus point victory and with other results going Ossett’s way saw them close the gap on the two teams above them to 2 and 4 points. Next week is Mosborough away in the Yorkshire Vase for the first team while the seconds are away at York in the final league game before the play-offs.
The club would like to thank Andy Mills for his generous donation to the bar tab after last weeks sponsors and old boys event.
Tries: Abson 2, Buckley, Karadzic
MOM Points: 5 – J Karadzic, 4 – D Buckley, 3 – M Fisher, 2 – S Abson, 1 – Front Row.