Season Now Over Tinged With Disappointment
Hessle go Down to 4th Defeat in a row to end 4th in Table
ROTHERHAM CLIFTON21, HESSLE 7
A much-changed Hessle side, with a bare fifteen players and no
replacements, produced a battling display before going down 21-7 in
their final Yorkshire Division Four game of the season. Hessle
struggled for possession from the scrums against a bigger and heavier
pack, and were also on the wrong end of a heavy penalty count.
Considering these factors the visitors did well to be leading 7-6
until the 62nd minute before Rotherham kicked a penalty and added two
tries to seal the win.
Corey Cox gave Rotherham the lead with a penalty goal but Hessle did
most of the early attacking with Tom Nash jumping well in the
line-outs and Dan Holgate,Davey Robinson and Stuart Crooks running
strongly. In the 17th minute Robinson made a barnstorming run,
shrugging off several attempted tackles, before offloading to Crooks
who charged over for his 12th try of the season. John Bean added the
Cox replied with his second penalty but was off target with a third
attempt as the hosts laid siege to the Hessle line but the defence
held out with Lee Capell, Robinson and Joe Donkin doing well.
The early stages of the second-half saw play confined to midfield in a
fierce forward battle and Cox landed another penalty to put Rotherham
9-7 ahead. Hessle lost the ball in an attack on the left and Rotherham
moved the ball across field to centre Steve Mason who beat four men
in a 60-yard dash to score a try, converted by Cox. With four minutes
remaining the referee missed a clear knock-on and allowed play to
continue from where a series of forward drives ended with Aaron
Lonsdale crossing for a try to give Rotherham a slightly flattering
victory margin of 21-7.