Intense Game that Hessle Held On
Brutal and Competitive Game, But Still In Promotion Posistion
HEMSWORTH19, HESSLE 22
Hessle gained another hard-fought victory in Yorkshire Divison Four
with a 22-19 success at Hemsworth after trailing 14-10 at the
interval, despite playing down the slope and with the wind in the
The visitors started well enough with Josh Moore making a jinking run
before linking with Gareth Atkinson who stormed into the Hemsworth
'22' from where Stuart Crooks was held just short of the line. Craig
Poucher was next to show with a powerful burst and from the
second-phase Lee Rollinson slipped a timely pass to Davey Robinson who
charged over under the posts for a try converted by Poucher.
After seventeen minutes Hemsworth drew level when from a scrum just
inside the Hessle half the ball found its' way to the right-winger who
outpaced the cover on a 40-yard dash for a try, which was converted
from wide out. Three minutes later the hosts took the lead when,
despite a fracas taking place involving several players near the
touchline, play was allowed to continue and Hemsworth moved the ball
infield for a try which was converted.
Poucher reduced the gap with a penalty goal from 40 yards but was
short with two further attempts and the hosts led by four points at
Josh Moore made a dazzling 40-yard run and Tom Moore was tackled
within a yard of the line. The ball was re-cycled and Rollinson's long
pass found Nick Irvine who dived over in the corner for a well-worked
try, Rollinson's goal attempt from the touchline hit the bar and so
Hessle led 15-14.
The momentum was maintained and Kieron Cagney found Crooks who showed
tremendous strength to hold off several challenges and go over for a
try under the posts, goaled by Rollinson.
Hemsworth hit back with a 60-yard run from the left-winger and when
Hessle were penalised a quickly-taken tap led to a try on the right,
leaving Hessle 22-19 ahead.
Ten minutes of stoppage time were played during which Hessle were
reduced to thirteen men. Crooks was sin-binned for an alleged high
tackle and as tempers boiled over Robinson was Removed. Hemsworth
surprisingly turned down the chance of a kickable penalty which could
have earned a draw and instead opted to run the ball but some
desparate defence kept them at bay in the last attack.