VULCANS DISJOINTED DISPLAY HANDS VICTORY TO LOCAL RIVALS’
Winlaton made the best of starts scoring first but as the game wore on ill-discipline caused lost momentum and they failed to turn their efforts into points losing yet again.
Coach Rolly WILLIS yet again due to unavailability had to make changes, although fewer than in previous weeks, to the team who fought admirably against Acklam. In the pack David FALCUS was selected at number 8 and in the three quarters Rob Asquith after injury replaces debutant full back Patrick Gillan at 10 and Adam HOUSTON returns at fullback. Another change just before kick-off a late cry off saw Darren CORNWALL replacing Kris Lauder in the back row.
This fixture must have been the first competitive ‘Derby’ game with Ryton our neighbours for at least a decade plus due to the fact they occupied a league above us almost since the competition’s inception.
On a perfect playing surface Winlaton kicked off the game with a slight advantage of a cross field breeze on a cold but almost sunny spring like day!!!.
The Vulcans started the match in a formidable fashion without giving Ryton a sniff of possession and for the first ten minutes were in complete control.
With Dan JOSEBURY at scrum half pulling all the strings and Rob Asquith at 10 bringing his three quarters into play with McQuoid and DEAN who in attack and defence was prominent throughout the match making good runs and recycling through the forwards with FALCUS, LEE and LOWES in support.
They launched a series of attacks with purpose pace and alacrity but their finishing was poor and there was little reward for the pressure they were exerting on the home defence.
However, on 10MINS the continued barrage of attacks were rewarded when quick ball was moved quickly through the hands back across the field and when the move broke down the ball reached full back HOUSTON who had joined the line and an inch perfect huge diagonal cross field kick ( a la Owen FARRELL in the England v Wales Match) dropped in to the hands of unmarked Harry Mason in acres of space who took the ball at speed to crash over in the corner(5PTS) to score a fantastic try the difficult conversion by HOUSTON was narrowly wide.
This unfortunately seemed to galvanise Ryton and signalled the start of a response by the Home side and although up to that point Winlaton had played some good rugby and their effort and physicality was outstanding they started to undo their good work with some unbelievable ill-discipline allowing their hosts to gain momentum.
After Ryton mounted an attack gaining territory into the Winlaton 22 on 15MINS they transgressed and as they ambled slowly back the Ryton scrum half took a quick tap and go and fed the ball wide for them to crash over in the corner for an unconverted try (5PTS).
For the next quarter the game ebbed to and fro with neither side being able to gain ascendency but again after Winlaton were penalised on 27MINS from the resultant penalty kick/lineout the well drilled Ryton forwards drove the ball over for another unconverted try(5PTS).
The remainder of the half saw Winlaton mounting a series of sporadic attacks but the moves were breaking down because of failure to look after the ball resulting in possession being lost in good positions as Ryton began to dominate the breakdown where the Vulcans were either punished by a penalty or by losing the ball.
HALF TIME 10PTS – 5PTS
The Vulcans tried to ‘spice’ things up with Steve Whitmore coming on at centre and MCQUIOD moving into the back row. This seemed to work and they again mounted a series of attacks with ASQUITH and DEAN prominent making incisive breaks supported by the forwards but for all their endeavour and efforts tries were still in short supply and yet again another penalty gave Ryton another attacking platform and they crashed over for yet another unconverted try on 52MINS (5PTS).
From the restart Winlaton won a scrum and launched another positive attack with FALCUS picking up at the base and driving up field supported by the rest of the forwards and when the ball was fed quickly by JOSEBURY via ASQUITH WHITMORE made an instant impact with a forceful run through the Ryton defence but when the move broke down yet again possession was lost and the home side were able to clear their lines with a long raking kick.
Pressure on the Winlaton defence on 60MINS saw then incur yet another penalty in front of the posts in their 22 but fortunately for the Vulcans the easy conversion was missed.
The last quarter saw the game following the same pattern with Winlaton who never gave up attacking with a limited supply of ball as Ryton continued to dominate the breakdown and when given the opportunity the Winlaton lineout started to malfunction so they were feeding on scraps.
On 70MINS after another infringement in their 22 Winlaton yet again switched off and were unable to combat the quick tap and go by Ryton from the resultant penalty and again they scored another unconverted try (5PTS).
Winlaton continued their quest for another score attacking again but were unable to get over the line as they searched for a possible ‘elusive losing bonus point’ which as on this display and on previous their weeks their courageous efforts deserved but on the last play of the game Ryton again attacked breaking through the tiring Winlaton defence to score a converted try on 78MINS (5PTS) + (2PTS).
FINAL SCORE 27PTS – 5PTS
Man of the Match Connor DEAN