Hard Fought Win
Ossett 10 - 27 Skipton
Yorkshire Division 4
Ossett 10 : 27 Skipton
by Simon Smith
It was never going to be an easy encounter and with Liam Jordan and Luke Stockton out through injury and Jamie Donnelly unavailable there were a few jitters among the travelling supporters as Skipton began the penultimate fixture of the Division 4 season.
Ossett kicked-off with Skipton playing up the slope and with the breeze against them. Second row Harry MacEneaney set his stall out with a text book tackle in the first few minutes and the Skipton forwards pushed Ossett off the ball in the first scrum. Skipton gained an early penalty for Ossett off-side which full-back Matty Langstaff converted to open the score for the visitors. Skipton pushed Ossett off the ball for the second time, but the home side countered with an early converted try to take the lead.
Excellent play directed by scrum-half Jonathan Kulik allowed Langstaff to chip through for centre Hamish Munro to score Skipton's first try of the afternoon. Winger Josh Smith was unlucky not to score from a charge down and opposite winger Josh Berrey made a great break but was brought down just short of the line. Ossett countered with some strong running and forward play and were rewarded with a penalty just before half-time, which they converted to re-take the lead 10-8 at the break.
Skipton started the second half as they did the first with a scrum against the head from a knock-on following strong play by Ossett. The home side took the game to Skipton aggressively and things became heated, resulting in an altercation in Skipton's 22 from which both sides received a yellow card and Skipton were without Langstaff for the ten minutes.
Ossett then had the lion's share of possession despite playing up the slope, but a great break down the wing by Smith gave Skipton try number two, which was converted by stand-off Jake Duxbury. Smith did the same a few minutes later and Skipton had established a 20-10 lead.
Ossett then exerted sustained pressure on the Skipton line but a try saving tackle by man of the match Jack Mcleod, standing in at full-back in Langstaff's absence, forced the knock-on. From a scrum ten yards out Langstaff, now back on the field, chipped through for Smith to score his third try and Skipton's fourth, securing the bonus league point. Duxbury added the extra points to seal Skipton's 27-10 victory.