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Skipton 1st XV - Match centre

Halifax Vandals
M Langstaff, L Stockton
J Donnelly (2)
Sat 10 Oct 15:00 - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Four Full time

Yellow fever eventually defeats Skipton

FOUR yellow cards derailed Skipton’s efforts to get their Yorkshire Division Four campaign back on track

FOUR yellow cards derailed Skipton’s efforts to get their Yorkshire Division Four campaign back on track but they should not be too dismayed as they showed some excellent passages of play.

Luke Stockton, Jonny Gane and Jamie Donnelly returned to Skipton's squad, and they made a good start with an early try from winger Matty Langstaff.

Fly half Donnelly added the extras but could not convert a penalty after the hosts had been awarded a series of penalties for infringements and back chat to referee Jeff Hudson.

Two high tackles and a further altercation with the referee led to a yellow card for the visitors – the first of many to be issued, with the home side ultimately paying dearly for their sin-binnings.

Vandals then began to dominate in the front row, forcing Skipton to concede a penalty for collapsing.

This, followed by two further penalties for a high tackle and offside, pinned Skipton in their 22.

However, superb handling by Langstaff gave the hosts the advantage from the scrum, and a kick downfield by Donnelly caught the Halifax full back unawares.
A good chase by Langstaff put Stockton over in the corner, and Donnelly converted to establish a 14-0 lead.
The visitors came back with a vengeance but solid defence kept them at bay until Langstaff (deliberate knock-on), Liam Jordan and, a minute later, Jon Currie received yellow cards, the home spectators being confused over the second and third sin-binnings.

With a three-man advantage, the visitors took advantage of the weakened scrum to secure a converted pushover try just before half-time.
Leading 14-7, Skipton were still severely disadvantaged in the second half but dogged work by wing-forward Charlie Brown forced a turnover, and the home forwards worked the ball upfield, using up the minutes until they were back to full strength.
Despite excellent scrummaging by skipper Chris Sheehan, a penalty to Vandals put the hosts back into their 22, and a catch and drive by the visitors from the line-out put their forwards over for a second converted try to level the scores.

The Skipton forwards made an emphatic reply through Stockton, prop Chris Wright and Jordan, culminating in a scrum against the head by Sheehan, but loose handling put Skipton back down the pitch again
From a five-metre scrum, Vandals went over for a further converted try.

Skipton’s fourth yellow card for what seemed the most innocuous of offences left the home crowd open-jawed in disbelief, and penalty after penalty in the visitors' favour followed, two of which were converted to give a final score of 27-14.

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Key moments

Try Matthew Langstaff scores for Skipton
Conversion Jamie Donnelly kicks a conversion for Skipton
Try Luke Stockton scores for Skipton
Conversion Jamie Donnelly kicks a conversion for Skipton
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As it happened

  • Skipton
  • Halifax Vandals
  • 0
  • Matthew Langstaff Try 7:00'
  • Jamie Donnelly Conversion 7:00'
  • Luke Stockton Try 34:00'
  • Jamie Donnelly Conversion 34:00'
  • Matthew Langstaff Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Liam Jordan Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Jon Currie Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Chris Wright Yellow Card 75:00'

Team selection

Mcleod, Jack Mcleod, Jack
Hall, George Hall, George
Langstaff, Matthew Langstaff, Matthew
Currie, Jon Currie, Jon
Berrey, Josh Berrey, Josh
Donnelly, Jamie Donnelly, Jamie
Smith, Michael Smith, Michael
Hall, Ben Hall, Ben
Brown, Charlie Brown, Charlie
Stockton, Luke Stockton, Luke
Jordan, Liam Jordan, Liam
Gane, Jonathan Gane, Jonathan
Wright, Chris Wright, Chris
Sheehan, Chris Sheehan, Chris
Millar, Scott Millar, Scott

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Halifax Vandals 22 90
2. Wensleydale 22 80
3. Skipton 22 78
4. Hessle 22 67
5. Burley 22 57
6. York Railway Institute 22 48
7. Ossett 22 46

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