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Skipton 1st XV - Match centre

Burley
Skipton
Sat 22 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - Yorkshire 3 Full time

The reds go marching on!

A fantastic game of rugby resulted in a spirited win for Skipton 1sts as they beat Burley away!

BURLEY 7 – 20 SKIPTON

Skipton were rewarded with a well deserved win on Saturday in their away Yorkshire Division 3 fixture against Burley after coming so close so many times this season.

The disappointment of recent weeks has failed to diminish the team spirit of the young Skipton side with all players keen to give their commitment to playing rugby for Skipton RFC. This win will be a tremendous boost for the morale of both the players themselves and the club as a whole.

Playing up hill in the first half, the teams were evenly matched with no scores coming until the last 15 minutes of the first half but Skipton had started to take control after defending well for the first 20 minutes. Callum Patrick opened the scoring with a penalty kick to which Burley replied with a converted try five minutes later against the run of play after spotting a gap and touching down. Going into half time the score was 7-3.

Playing down hill in the 2nd half with ‘stand in’ coach, Darren Howson coming onto the field at 10 for the re-start, an opportunity was engineered with deft midfield work for Luke Stockton to follow up on last week's first score for SRFC with another try which Howson easily converted, followed very shortly by a further penalty goal. The referee then saw fit to sin bin Danny Smith followed 3 minutes later by Andy Maclean. Although playing with only 13 men, Skipton held their line and Burley took no advantage of their numerical supremacy.

Skipton were back to 15 and in control of the game now, with quick hands moving the ball along the backline. James Ackers swiftly broke the gain line, supported by Callum Patrick and Redver Stork-Flatley but stepped inside to score under the posts giving an easy conversion for Darren Howson. The game was won and the loyal, travelling supporters were ecstatic and couldn’t wait for the final whistle to celebrate this well deserved win with the players.

The young backline is showing a growing maturity and confidence with Redver Stork-Flatley outstanding as full back. It was good to see Miff Smith back on the pitch at scrum half, giving clean service. Following our season so far, it would be difficult and unfair to call a man of the match, but special mention should be made of Callum Patrick, Redver Stork-Flatley, Danny Smith and Troy Johnson who are rapidly growing into their role as not only senior players but also seasoned players. Chris Wright, Darren Howson, Daryl Swales, Charlie Brown and Rick Willsher deserve a mention too.


Squad: Redver Stork-Flatley, Andy Maclean, James Ackers, Luke Stockton, Owen Higson, Callum Patrick, Miff Smith, Daryl Swales, Charlie Brown, Troy Johnson, Rick Willsher, Jonny Gane, Ben Hall, Danny Smith, Harry McEneaney, Darren Howson, Jordan Wilson, Jordan Emmison.


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13. Hemsworth 26 30
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