Skipton 14 - 25 Moortown
By Warren Burnett
Last week's win had more or less guaranteed Skipton would be playing Yorkshire Two rugby again next season and Skipton were confident that they would beat joint bottom team Moortown.
From the kick-off Skipton started badly, indecisiveness from the Reds allowed Moortown to work their way towards the Skipton line, referee John Eyre then awarded the visitors a penalty and they were 3 nil up inside the first 5 minutes.
From the restart, the kick from Alex Naylor was well collected by centre Jonathan Richards who passed the ball out quickly to allow No.8 Patrick Murray to force his way over the try line, Naylor adding the conversion 7-3. Moortown responded immediately to regain the lead with a great try from their three quarters, the Moortown No.6 converted, 7-10.
Again from the restart ball was won by Skipton and was worked up to the Moortown line and after several moves and a quick tap penalty, scrum half Michael 'Miff' Smith through the Moortown defence to score a try, Naylor again converted 14-10.
Moortown's next try was scored wide out by winger Jackson who was adjudged to have stayed in play to touch down. The conversion failed, 14-15 at half-time.
The second half was very even but it was Moortown who took their chances, an unconverted try after 20 minutes looked to have set them up for the win and as much as Skipton tried they could not breach the Moortown defence. Then to cap a bad day for Skipton, Moortown added a further try with 5 minutes to play to make the final score 14-25.
Overall a disappointing team performance from Skipton, some good individual performances were seen but rugby is a team game and the players need to learn to play as one.
Nice to see Gavin Akers-Johnson back from university, man of the match, despite picking up an injury was Jonny Moore, workhorse Rick Willsher had a good game but it was sad to see Liam Ray off again with a shoulder injury.
Next week home to Barnsley, Cup quarter-final match, Yorkshire Shield.