On Wednesday 25th April the Yickers welcomed current cellar dwellers Pilks Recs in the ‘little derby’ in front of a large crowd at Yick Stadium.
Mind games before kick off didn’t disrupt the Yickers who were totally focused on the job in hand. Before kick off the lads welcomed Haydock celebrity, part time RFL model and all round nice bloke Jordan Gibson, who gave the young Yickers some words of advice having come through the Haydock ranks himself and now playing for Lancashire, England and the current NWC Man of Steel.
Whilst in the changing rooms Pilks took Haydocks side of the pitch, Haydock won the toss and made them change back, Haydock were in no mood for silly games.
Pilks kicked to Haydock and the ball was gathered by Logan Jones who gained valuable ground, Robbie Edwards took the next drive but lost control of the ball unfortunately. Pilks ran hard and got to Haydocks line but fumbled the ball giving possession back to the Yickers. Connor Johnson, Ben Ashton ran hard got Haydock to Pilks 20m but a mistake relieved the pressure and gave the ball to Pilks.
Pilks then ran hard and Logan Jones, Caidan Hart-Wilson, Robbie Edwards and Ewan Haughton tackled like machines to keep Pilks out on the last tackle. Caidan Hart-Wilson scooted and threw a dummy bamboozling the Pilks defence almost going the full length but was tackled by the Pilks cover defence. Jamie Short then ran hard on the back of it making even more ground, Ben Ashton then took a drive scattering the Pilks defenders to score in the corner, then ‘young Botica’ Keiron Jones slotted over the conversion to take the game to 6-0.
Haydock kicked to Pilks, James Hobson, Todd Wood, Caidan Hart-Wilson and Jamie Short tackled well and Pilks coughed up possession. Ben Ashton took a drive and ran all the way to score again, K. Jones missing he conversion, 10-bart to the Yickers.
Haydock kicked to Pilks, tough tackling from Ben Ashton and Kai Kearns made Pilks cough up possession. Connor Johnson and James Hobson ran hard, then Jamie Short ran elusively and after a 20m break he was tackled into touch 1m from the try line.
Pilks made ground and Kai Kearns, Owen Dalecki and the constantly improving Todd Wood tackled well, Pilks got up the field but knocked on and from the next play Keiron Jones went 20 metres and a quick play the ball, good distribution from Caidan Hart-Wilson handed the ball to lightening quick Connor Johnson who danced through the Pilks defenders and went 60 metres to score between the sticks, Keiron Jones knocked it over to take the game to 16-0.
James Hobson, Kai Kearns, Owen Dalecki, Robbie Davies and Caidan Hart-Wilson tackled well, Pilks threw the ball straight into tough gifting possession to the Yickers. Connor Johnson took the ball from the scrum and went on a mazey run getting Haydock into the Pilks half, but Haydock fumbled giving the ball to Pilks. Pilks ran hard but a mistake gave the ball to Haydock, a smart move between Ben Ashton and Keiron Jones saw Jones cross the line but get lost control of the ball. The referee blew his whistle making the scores 16-Bart at half time.
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Haydock 16 - 0 Pilkington Recs
The second half got underway as Haydock kick off to Pilks and gained the ball back, Keiron Jones ran hard then Ben Ashtom playing Centre, like a young Mal Meninga, ran hard and went in at the corner, Keiron Jones converting 22-0.
Haydock got ball back again from kick off, Robbie Edwards ran hard, Ollie Smith took a drive and proved a real handful for the Pilks defence, Kai Kearns ‘stronger than a can of Special Brew’ ran hard and strong and took 5 defenders to keep him from scoring, the next play Keiron Jones stepped the defence like politicians side step questions and went over to score and converted, 28-0.
Haydock were running away with the game but Pilks showed heart and spirit and attempted a come back and scored in the corner 28-6.
Owen Dalecki received the ball from the kick off and ran hard, followed by more strong drives from James Hobson, Robbie Edwards and Logan Jones, Keiron Jones kicked on the last and some strong running from Pilks got them into Haydocks half, crafty play saw them go over to take the scores to 28-12.
Pilks kicked short and regained the ball, Ollie Smith tackling well, Ethan Ross showed a lot of heart to come up with a great 1 on 1 tackle to stop Pilks in their tracks. But Pilks took advantage of the mayhem in defence and went over in the corner, 28-18 with not long left to go.
Pilks kicked to Haydock, Haydock gifted possession back to Pilks and Pilks attacked out wide. Keiron Jones and Ethan Ross came up with a great cover tackle to take one of their players into touch but he threw the ball back inside which was gathered by the quick thinking Caidan Hart-Wilson. Ben Ashton took Haydock into Pilks half, Connor Johnson ran fast and wide and was tackled just short of the line, quick thinking Caidan Hart-Wilson took advantage of the scrambled defence and scooted over for a try in the last moments of a very exciting game, Keiron Jones converting.
Haydock 34 - 18 Pilkington Recs
Warrior Of The Match - Logan Jones for tackling everything that moved, this lad could tackle the 320 if he wanted to.
Coaches Award - Jamie Short, in the last few weeks has really stepped up and is playing really well and showing a bit of fire in his belly which is great to see.
Parents Award - Ben Ashton, who is playing his best rugby. Good man management is getting the best out of Ben and it’s a joy to see him enjoying his rugby again ??
Thanks to all those fans who attended the game last night and cheered the boys on, we really appreciate it, thanks. ??
Every member of the team played their part in this game and the camaraderie and team spirit is sky high but we always welcome new players who will be made to feel welcome, will be given great coaching by knowledgable, patient and understanding coaches. Our parents are also very friendly too ??
Haydock are away to Salford Roosters (Formerly Eccles) on Sunday for a 10:30am kick off.
Updated 08:51 - 16 May 2018 by Andy Howlett