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HESSLE 24, HALIFAX VANDALS 27
Hessle went don to a 24-27 home defeat to Yorkshire Division Four
leaders Halifax Vandals in an entertaining game after leading 19-7 at
one stage. The visitors, however, fought their way back and
demonstrated why they are the best side in the league.
The hosts opened the scoring in the fifth minute when after Stuart
Crooks and Jimmy Harrison had opened up the defence Craig Poucher beat
four opponents in a strong weaving run to go over for a try which he
also converted. Vandals drew level when from a scrum on the right the
ball was moved infield and Luke Sutcliffe burst through for a try
under the posts which Joe Gallagher goaled.
Dave Robinson, playing in his former role at centre, made a powerful
break to take play into the Vandals '22' and from a tap penalty
Crooks crashed over for a try in the corner. In the 24th minute Paul
Roberts made ground and Mike Ayers was in support to link with Josh
Moore who sped over for Hessle's third try which Poucher converted to
make it 19-7 and it was looking good for Hessle.
The visitors reduced the gap with a pushover try from Craig Simm for a
half-time score of 19-12. Vandals had the better of the exchanges in
the opening period of the second-half and Gallagher fielded an
attempted clearance kick and then held off several challenges to go
over for a try, despite a valiant effort from Ashley Hedges to try and
prevent the score. Gallagher converted from wide out to level the
Poucher was off target with a penalty goal attempt but Gallagher made
no mistake with a similar effort for Halifax and the visitors led by
three. Hessle held out with some sterling defence after coming under
intense pressure but eventually a try came when Ben Burnside touched
down after picking up from the base of a scrum to make it 19-27.
Crooks, Tom Moore and Poucher were prominent as Hessle returned to the
attack in determined style and following several phases Keith Yates
took possession on the burst to power over for a try in the corner to
make it 24-27. This set up a tense finale but there was no time left
for Hessle to mount a further attack as Vandals played out time.