The Warriors Play With Determination
Woodhouse Warriors were at home to Greetland All Rounders and the last time these two teams met at Greetland the match ended up with the Greetland spectators encroaching the field of play, so feelings were running high.
Woodhouse got off to a good start when from the kick off Prop Forward Ralphe Steele collected the ball on the full for Woodhouse to put pressure on the Greetland line but unfortunately nothing materialised from this because Woodhouse knocked on at the final tackle.
Centre Gaz Barker was the first to score after already being denied his first attempt due to a forward pass. His try was achieved with some ferocious tackles which caused Greetland to lose the ball giving back the possession to Woodhouse, they ran strongly and threw the ball about with a high degree of skill, the ball was sent back in field to Gaz who stepped inside the sliding defence to stroll in under the posts making an easy conversion for Captain Jamie Calvert. Gaz followed up minutes with his second try after again strong hard tackling from the defenders, giving possession back to Woodhouse, then came strong drives from Prop Forward Liam Plumtree and new recruit Mark Steele, the ball found Gaz and he scored a copy of his first try and Jamie again converted taking the score to 12 - 0.
Woodhouse seemed to be in control and they were sticking to the game plan and playing sensible rugby and this was rewarded with another try when the ball was sent from one side of the pitch to the other for Centre Mickey Lyons to score out wide but unfortunately Jamie missed this conversion 16 - 0.
This sensible rugby now went out of the window when Woodhouse had a man sent off for ten and during this time Greetland scored two unanswered tries and one was converted. 16 - 10.
Word was sent out to go back to the game plan and not try and push every play and Woodhouse did this. Woodhouse received possession after a stray pass from Greetland and then fresh legged Substitute Andy Bullock scooted from half back catching the Greetland defence asleep and he made a good twenty yards and with quick hands again the ball found Jamie and he broke the defence to score a try and he converted his own try taking the half time score to 22 - 10.
Greetland started off well in the second half kicking a short ten and regaining the ball but with a strong defence from Woodhouse they forced the Greetland player into touch. From the scrum there were two quick drives and then it was sent to the short side to Jamie who put Mickey into a gap deep into Woodhouses own half for him to score his second try and it was converted by Jamie. 28 - 10.
Greetland scored after a dubious decision from the referee and they converted keeping their hopes alive taking the score now to 28 -16.
Woodhouse again scored straight away this time it was second Row Brian Lowe who scored. He showed that he his as good at scoring tries as he is at preventing them and Jamie added the extras. 34 - 16.
Woodhouse stepped up a gear with all four props leading the way and they were making sure that they were going to come away with the two points and with this determination came another try and this came from Mark Steele who made his debut to the game, he bumped off several defenders as he went in under the posts to make for an easy conversion for Jamie. 40 - 16.
Greetland now looked dejected and to and to their woes they kicked out on the full from the kick off. Woodhouse then forced a drop out which then allowed Woodhouse to get a repeat set of six which gave them the opportunity to score again and this time it came from Substitute Ollie Gill who has just returned to Woodhouse after a two year break but Jamie missed the conversion. 44 - 16.
Within the next set Woodhouse patiently worked their way out of their own half before putting the chip over for Mickey to chase it down and collect the ball to score his hat trick and Jamie converted. 50- 16.
Greetland put the last points on the score board taking the final score to 50 - 20.
Woodhouse showed a lot of character and restraint after the treatment they received when they went across to Greetland, they played really well in all aspects of the game.
Well done Woodhouse you gave it 110%!
Man Of The Match
2nd.Rab (Nathan Gill)
3rd Mark Steele