West Bowling A.R.L.F.C.

West Bowling A.R.L.F.C.

Defence Wins Games

by Sharon Lewis

No better statement could be used to sum up this week’s encounter.

For a long period of the first half it looked as though neither team were going to score. The defensive effort from both sides was outstanding and it took some strong runs and tactical play from Bowling to breach the Keighley defence allowing Sam Robinson to score under the sticks with the conversion by Eli Steinberg Bowling took the lead.

The fact that these two teams know each other well was evident by the precise targeting of some of our players, some of this attention and indiscipline cost Keighley as penalties were awarded for questionable tackles and several off sides. The penalty count was heavily weighted against Keighley and it was not long before Bowling stretched the lead again with a try from Kian Tighe.

Keighley did breach the Bowling defence and it looked a certain bet they would touch down for their first try, but they didn’t count on the tacking machine also known as Matty Bell who brought their player down just in time, unfortunately Matty got a bit too comfortable and was sin binned for laying on.

Despite Keighley’s best efforts Bowling managed to prevent Keighley from scoring until well into the second half.

With a good a passage of play Sam Wainwright stretched the lead to 14 – 4. The victory was sealed shortly afterwards with a try in the corner from Matty Bell, making the final score 18 – 4.

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There were several magic moments from this week’s game, one being Matty’s try saving tackle another was Ciaràn Lewis’ driving tackle on Keighley’s big forward which forced goal line drop out and lead to Sam Wainwright’s try to name just two of them.

In summary this was an outstanding defensive game from both teams with Bowling showing true grit and determination throughout to ensure they took the two points on offer. The team’s confidence is growing week on week and was boosted by the welcome return of Rowan Milnes with his nimble footwork alongside Jack Sheehan’s control of play dominated periods of the game.

Man of the match as voted for by Keighley’s coach number 13 Jack Sheehan.

Next up Dewsbury Moor away.

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