HESSLE,S PROMOTION HOPES IN TATTERS
A Season of IF ONLY
SHEFFIELD OAKS 20, HESSLE 17
Hessle's late rally was not enough to prevent a surprise 20-17 defeat
at bottom-placed Sheffield Oaks in Yorkshire Division Four. The
visitors began the game well enough and finished with a flurry but
were left to reflect on a poor performance in the period between which
left them with too much to do in the last quarter.
In heavy underfoot conditions Hessle took the lead when Stuart Crooks
and Ashley Hedges combined to create the chance for Matt Ayers to
power over for a well-taken try. Hessle gradually lost their grip on
proceedings with a heavy penalty count against them which enabled Oaks
to secure good field position. From a line-out on the left play moved
towards the Hessle line and a try was scored, which was converted.
After thirty minutes Hessle were penalised for being offside and the
successful goal-kick, which went in off a post, made it 10-5.
Sheffield should have scored a try from an overlap but the winger
knocked on, which was a let-off for the visitors.
Seven minutes into the second-half a second penalty goal for Sheffield
extended the lead to eight points. Hessle came under pressure from the
fired-up hosts and Sheffield crossed the line but superb defence
prevented a score. In the next attack Josh Moore brought off a
try-saving tackle but from the second phase a forward drive produced a
touchdown, which was goaled to make the score 20-5.
Hessle then hit back with some excellent rucking and mauling which
ended with Tom Moore going over for what looked like a try but the
referee thought otherwise. Nick Irvine also crossed and was held on
his back but from a tap penalty Ashley Hedges crashed over for try.
Lee Rollinson found touch with an excellent kick to the corner in the
72nd minute and from the second phase Hedges drove forward and his
overhead pass found Crooks who took three defenders over the line with
him for a try. Rollinson converted to make it 20-17.