Hessle Work Hard For No Reward
Disappointing Month Draws To a Close
HESSLE 17, WENSLEYDALE 28
> In their penultimate game of the season Hessle missed out on securing
> the second promotion place in Yorkshire Division Four following a
> 28-17 home defeat by Wensleydale. The game was played in difficult
> conditions with Hessle playing against a strong wind and driving rain
> in the first-half.
> Wensleydale went on the attack from the start and only a fine tackle
> from Liam Maughan
prevented a try for flying winger Will Reynolds.
> However, five minutes into the game and a sweeping crossfield move
> ended with Reynolds going over to touch down in the corner. Scott
> Hunter hit the post with his conversion attempt from near the
> touchline, but was on target with a penalty goal three minutes later.
> Hessle hit back when Kieron Cagney worked the blindside of a maul and
> offloaded to Ashley Hedges for the marauding back-rower to stride over
> for a try. Wensleydale's pack drove Hessle backwards in rampaging
> style and when the hosts were deemed offside a quickly-taken tap
> created the overlap for James Ashford to score a try in the corner.
> The end-to-end nature of the game continued and after John Bean
> been caught in full flight on the right the ball was quickly moved
> across field where Josh Moore
sped over to touch down. Hedges made a
> break and from the re-cycle superb handling ended with Craig Poucher
> running a good line before linking with Moore, who made a dazzling run
> to the line for a well-taken try. Lee Rollinson
converted with a fine
> kick and Hessle led 17-13.
> Wensleydale were awarded a penalty in front of the posts and Paul
> Smith surprised everyone by taking a quick tap to himself before
> selling a dummyand racing over for a try, goaled by Hunter for a
> three-point interval lead.
> Hessle lost the influential Hedges, who was having an outstanding
> game, with an ankle injury and Hunter extended the visitors' advantage
> with a penalty. Hessle piled on the pressure in the increasingly heavy
> underfoot conditions and Davey Robinson
charged over but was held up.
> Wensleydale played some expansive rugby but Hessle defended well until
> Smith held off the chasers in a curving 30-yard run to go over for his
> second try to put the visitors 28-17 ahead with twenty minutes left.
> The hosts produced wave after wave of attack but the Wensleydale
> defence held out in determined fashion and there was no further
> scoring despite plenty of effort and Hessle were left to reflect on a
> disappointing second half of a season which promised so much at one