ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE HOME WIN
SKIPTON 31 - 11 HULLENSIANS BY WARREN BURNETT
As the league stood at kick-off this was sixth versus fifth and Skipton confidence was high following their good performance against Huddersfield last week.
A minute's silence was observed before the kick-off in respect for two former Skipton players, who passed away last week, David Brown the last Skipton player to be selected to play for Yorkshire and Fred G Falshaw a final trialist for Yorkshire in the 1950's.
Hullensians kicked-off with a stiff breeze behind them and within four minutes were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which they duly converted, 0-3. As the match progressed Hull's powerful forwards were testing the Skipton defences and it was minutes before Skipton finally gained the initiative with captain Matt Speres breaking through the Hull defense to score, Howson converting 7-3. Three minutes later Speres managed to win the ball in front of a packed home stand and with slight of hand he fed winger Lucas Wootton who, to the crowds delight, skipped through the Hull backline to score, again Howson added the conversion 14-3. Skipton were now buzzing but has so often happens with the game it was Hull who scored next with an unconverted try, half time 14-8.
The second half started like the first. Within four minutes Hull converting a penalty to make the score 14-11. Again it took Skipton time to work out the route to the Hullensians line and fullback Andrew Nicholson was the one to score, unconverted 19-11. Skipton were now dominant and again good ball provided by Skipton's pack, again picked up by Speres and he popped over to score his second try, the conversion again failed 24-11. Hullesians big pack were now chasing shadows and a pick up from a scrum by No.8 Patrick Murray saw him run 40 yards to score outwide, Howson converting 31-11. The match was now over for Hullensians and after captain Matt Speres was laid out by an Hullensian forward who earned himself a red card for his actions, the referee called time, 31-11.
Another good alround performance by the whole Skitpon team, both Willsher brothers excelling in the line and loose, Trevor Boatwright at No.8, in the backs scrum half Kevin Bottomley, winger David Wilkinson and centre Jonathan Richards all stood out.
Skipton now move up to fifth place in the league with 2 home and 1 away game remaining. Next week at Home to Roundhegians.
All photos courtesy of http://www.chrisparker.co.uk/......