Ossett 2nd XV 34 vs Burley 2nd XV 5

Ossett 2nd XV 34 vs Burley 2nd XV 5

By Duncan Kitts
7 November 2022
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Ossett retain the Breadboard Cup!


Ossett hosted neighbours Burley in the hottest fixture in the Yorkshire leagues, the Breadboard cup. Following a couple of weeks of low numbers and therefore chastening defeats, Ossett had 19 players available for the game.

With skipper Mark Fishers team talk ringing in their ears, the home side started the game uncharacteristically quickly with some ferocious tackling and ball carrying. Setting the tone from the off, the back row of Jonny Numa, Johny Banks and Duncan Kitts were winning the collisions and jackling for the ball, turning over the ball for the backs to play with. Out wide, Ben Jennings and James Slaski amongst others were showing silky skills. Despite the quick start, it was the visitors who took the lead, as a fumble in the midfield was pounced upon by the Burley centre who ran in unopposed to score under the sticks. The conversion attempt was feeble to say the least, bearly leaving the ground, but nonetheless Burley took a 5-0 lead.

Despite conceding the first try, Ossett kept to the task manfully. The front row of Rob Maddocks, Mike Wilson and Richard Dobson were making mincemeat of the Burley scrum and veteran Andy Bell was pinning the visitors deep within their own half. Chris White replied with a try for the hosts, quickly followed by another from Johny Banks. Sean Abson was unsuccessful with both conversions. Going into half time with an early lead, Ossett knew they had to keep the same committed defence, play territory and continued to carry the ball hard. Ossett managed to score quick tries through Ben Jennings out wide which again was unconverted.

The visitors then lost one of their backrow due to a no arms tackle on Abson which reduced Burley to 14 players for the remainder of the match. This provided a bit more space for Ossett to attack with some rumbling forward moves, with Joe Woffenden to the fore. Eating up ground easily, there were quick tries for both Numa and Kitts. Fisher converted one of the tries.

Despite being down to 14 men, Burley never gave up and tried to bring some parity to the scoreline. Ossett went down to 14 men when Kitts was sin-binned for a breakdown offence. This led to a period where Ossett were under the cosh from the Burley attack, but the defence held on strong and the last say went to Slaski, who picked off a loose pass and raced the length of the pitch to score under the posts. Fisher converted to win the breadboard cup with a score of 34-5.

The win was a welcome return to form for Ossett who provided a complete team performance, with a particularly strong forwards performance, to retain the prestigious Breadboard cup. Man of the match went to Andy Bell who managed the game excellently. DotD went to Cody Warren who, attempting to pass the kicking tee to someone in front of him, managed to chuck in behind his head onto the roof of the stand, no small feat when trying to do it deliberately.

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