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Westoe keep Promotion Hopes Alive

1 year ago By dave barnes

Twelve-try victory v Ryton

Lookers-sponsored Westoe came into the game knowing that nothing other than a big win would be enough to keep hopes of promotion alive.

From the off, early signs of a walkover seemed slight as a fired up Ryton team showed their commitment and passion for their club and early parity with Westoe's youthful team.

It was not until the fifteenth minute that Westoe opened the score with some deft interplay and passing, Michael Booth crossing under the posts. 5-0

Just three minutes later, Westoe's powerful pack shunted the visitors off their own ball, Booth picked and fed Derek Worthington, who drew in the defence and unleashed Connor Pascoe. Connor celebrated his eighteenth birthday in style, speeding 25m upfield for his first team debut try. 12-0

The forwards now took control, driving play close to the breakdown, prop Ryan Lamb eventually crashing over for the score and seemingly marking the end of any danger of an upset.

The Ryton side, who have had a disappointing year riddled with injuries, never gave up and tackled well; however Westoe's well-drilled side kept the pressure on throughout the half.

Try four came when Luke Moffett threw an outrageous dummy taking three defenders away and fed Pascoe, who finished off the score with a 50m race to the line, taking his tally to two. 26-0

This was followed by an individual run from Moffett who wove his way through the defence for Westoe's 5th of the day.

Ryton rallied at this point, throwing everything at the home side's defence, which stood firm and closed down the half. 31-0

Now playing down the considerable Westoe slope, the game settled to its inevitable end.

Despite some gallant defence and effort, Ryton could not halt Westoe and it became damage limitation for the visitors.

Sam Gaff picked from the base of the scrum, fed Chris Judson and looped round to receive the ball and cross the line. This was followed by another Moffett score in the corner. 43-0

Westoe added to their tally when debut back-row, Jack Blenkinsop topped off a fine performance in his first match, controlling the ball at the back of a driving maul to cross the line. 48-0

Ben Roberts was the next on the score-sheet with a solo 30m run after 20 minutes. This was followed by Ryan Lamb's second of the match crossing from 20m out. 62-0

Westoe completed the day with two Paul Evans' tries, showing his pace from the 22m line taking Westoe's tally to 12 tries and 74 points.

It was Ryton who had the last score with a consolation try on 80 minutes following a series of penalties and a driving maul to score in the corner. Final score 74-5

We wish Ryton the best for the rest of their season and hope their injury woes can be addressed prior to 2017-18.

News of Barnard Castle's loss against Consett was gleefully received, further opening up the promotion race between Westoe, Castle and Northern.

Currently Northern's to lose, results from the year have shown that almost anyone in the league can pull off the upset and any one of the top three could claim automatic promotion come April.

Westoe's final match against Barnard Castle is increasingly looking like it could be the decider for the play-off spot against the second placed team in Yorkshire one, for the second promotion place.

Coach travel will be provided for supporters in what will hopefully see Westoe's effort rewarded with a quick return up the leagues.

Westoe's young team must first look at ensuring wins in their last four matches in what has been a great resurgence for the club and whatever the outcome sets them up for rebuilding in the community spirit of old - perfectly displayed in the atmosphere and revelry in the bar post-match.

Updated 13:31 - 19 Mar 2017 by dave barnes

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