The season has been a little stop start so far and this has meant that it’s been hard to get any consistency in our game.
Credit to the all blacks of New Earswick who were focused from the start, that said West Bowling benefited from two early penalties awarded against New Earswick for lying on and a head high shot, strong defence from a couple of the All Blacks prevented
West bowling from capitalising on them. It was end to end stuff for long periods with New Earswick the first to score and conversion added.
Indiscipline got the better of New Earswick when one player kicked out after a perfectly legal tackle and then they were caught out off side, after some good drives and a brilliant pass out wide from Saul Duggan
Matty Bell darted in for a try, conversion by Kieran Baker brought the scores level at half time.
The second half started in much the same way with New Earswick increasing the pressure on our line, this eventually told when the visitors scored again, a missed conversion took the score line to 6 – 10. A fumbled kick saw the score line stretched to 6 – 16 to the visitors.
The last 10 minutes of the game saw a welcome return to the team we are accustomed to watching as the intensity increased and West Bowling started to build some decent attack. Joshua Batty did a first class job of regaining a kick which lead to a try from Kian Tighe
and conversion by Kieran Baker took the score to 12 – 16.
For long periods of the match we looked out of sorts and perhaps this could be down to the fact that we have not played week in week out but there were a number of our usual impact players who for large parts of the game appeared to be missing. In summary it fell short of our usual standard of performance and whilst the last 10 minutes saw the return of our usual team effort and desire to win we left it too late to alter the score line. Credit to New Earswick who fully deserved the win.
Next up a team we a fully used to playing Keighley Albion Juniors at home.