Hessle break losing run
HESSLE 22, YORK R.I. 8
Hessle won for the first time in three months with a hard-fought 22-8
victory over York R.I. in Yorkshire Division Four at Livingstone Road.
The hosts dominated the opening stages and had a number of
opportunities to score. Lewis Hawkes made a searing 50-yard break but
delayed his pass to Lee Capell and the chance was lost, Rob Kitching
was in the clear but the pass was ruled forward and then Danny Smith
made a darting run but his pass to Kitching went astray as another
chance went begging. Eventually they did score when Ashley Hedges
picked up from the base of a scrum and gained ground before linking
with Joe Donkin, who charged over for his first try of the season,
converted by Kitching.
After twenty-eight minutes York got into the home '22' for the first
time and from a scrum Chris Jones went on the blindside and followed
up his own well-placed grubber kick for a try to make it 7-5. In the
third minute of the second-half Hessle were deemed offside and York
landed the penalty for a one-point lead.
The lead was short-lived however, as Stuart Crooks powered into the
York '22' with a typical drive and when the visitors were penalised at
the breakdown Aaron Stone took a quick tap and dummied his way over
for a try. Kitching was wide with the conversion attempt but was on
target with a 35-yard penalty in the 51st minute to make it 15-8.
Hessle then came under pressure for a long spell as York laid siege to
the home line but some tremendous defence kept the visitors at bay
with Kitching and Stone both relieving the situation on more than one
occasion with long touch-finding kicks. The points were secured with
one minute remaining when Jimmy Harrison set off on a diagonal 30-yard
run and found Stone in support for the stand-off to accelerate away
for his second touchdown, which Kitching converted