A Nail Biting Finish For Woodhouse and Wortley
Woodhouse Warriors were at home again to local side Wortley Dragons and again Woodhouse were short of players due to work commitments and injuries.
Wortley Dragons scored in the first two minutes after Woodhouse marched them up the field with two penalties but they were unable to convert but Woodhouse were quick to reply when they forced a drop out from the kick off and from this young Rab (Nathan Gill) who was playing out of position at Loose Forward as were many of the players due to the lack of players, took the ball on the full running it in strongly with young Winger Ginner Ryan Rainey) eager as ever running the ball in before Prop Forward Liam Plumtree, who had a point to prove from last week through his own admission, drove the ball in hard before the ball was given to Stand Off Gareth Hinchcliffe who hit and spun in the tackle to offload to Prop Forward Ralph Steele who scored out wide but it was not converted. 4 - 4.
Woodhouse added more points shortly afterwards when centre partnership Brian Lowe and Ryan did an old fashioned one two on the right hand wing to put Brian in the clear to score under the sticks for an easy conversion. 10 -4.
Wortley hit back when Woodhouse did a poor offload and scored but they were kept out wide by the chasing defence and they failed to convert and then they scored again after a dubious descion from the referee when he signalled a knock on but gave Wortley the penalty and they converted. 10 - 14.
From the kick off Woodhouse did a good defensive six keeping Wortley firmly in their own half forcing them to kick out but Woodhouses Fullback Danny Rogers who has made the shirt his own took on the defence skipping a few would be defenders and as usual young Ryan was there to make quick a scoot to gain more yards the ball was then sent in field for Substitute Andy Bullock to take a drive in before rampaging Liam took on the defence again dragging several defenders in and with a quick play of the ball Substitute Jamie Calvert stepped the first defender taking on the defence he slipped the ball out to Centre Mickey Lyons who is playing with an injury and only put a shirt on because of the lack of players and Mickey took on the defence stepping into field passing the ball to Second Row Chris Mannion who scored under the sticks for another easy conversion. 16 - 14.
The next try came from Woodhouses Stand off Gareth Hinchcliffe who dummied from half back to score an easy try but they failed to convert taking the half time score to 20 - 14.
The second half saw the sin binning of a Woodhouse player which allowed Wortley to score two unanswered converted tries taking the score to 20 -26.
Woodhouse pulled themselves back together with a full thirteen and with good hard runs from Prop Forward Ralphe Steele who had the best game in Woodhouse colours so far this season and which was a Man of The Match performance even though he didn’t get it and also Liam and Chris and Brian but the next try came from a bit of individual skill or maybe just pure luck when Gareth chipped the ball through and it rebounded off their player and he collected it to score his second try under the sticks to make for an easy conversion. 26 - 26.
The next try came from Jamie after he broke out of the tackles to score out wide but unfortunately he was unable to convert 30 -26.
Wortley scored next with a converted try taking the score now to 30 -32 and with only minutes to go Woodhouse were not giving up and they came close twice making for a nail biting finish when Mickey collected the ball and kicked it through a couple of times but unfortunately he struggled to ground the ball and then came the final whistle.
At the beginning of the season we wondered if we would be able to compete in this division, we have proven that we can and we are good enough to stay in this division but sometimes we are making stupid decisions which is costing us games, if we cut this out we should be able to pick up some valuable points.
Well done lads you all put 110% in.
1st. Man of The Match