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New Earswick All Blacks lose Methley clash
10:41am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sport
NEW Earswick All Blacks ARLC were edged out 34-30 at Methley Royals in a thrilling encounter in the Pennine League championship.
Methley raced into a 16-0 lead in the opening quarter of the match, but All Blacks hit back when substitute prop Jack Stearman powered his way over and stand-off Tom Holmes converted.
The home side extended their lead with a converted try, but the All Blacks responded with a fantastic team score.
Every player had a touch of the ball before the move was finished by substitute Steve Clarke. Holmes’ conversion made it 22-12 at half-time.
The All Blacks started brightly in the second half with loose forward Steve Doswell racing over after half-back Liam Gargan had broken the line.
The visitors took the lead for the first time after Clarke crossed for his second try, again converted by Holmes.
Methley wrestled back the initiative with a converted try with 14 minutes remaining, although the All Blacks regained the advantage.
Second rower Dean Layton grounded the ball under pressure from the defence, and Holmes added the extras.
However, the decisive score went Methley’s way with five minutes remaining and the All Blacks were unable to fight back again.
The All Blacks man of the match was substitute Joe Hemmings, backed up by Gargan and player-coach Stearman.
Sherburn Bears trounced basement side Hoyland Vikings 54-12 in division five.
Bryn Watson bagged a hat-trick for the Bears, whose other try scorers were Lewis Booth, Shaun Crossland, Rhys Hughes, Martin Jackson (2) and John Fenwick (2).
Ryan Roebuck and Fenwick kicked three goals each while Withington kicked one.
The Yorkshire Laser man of the match award went to prop Martin Jackson, while the top tackler was stand-off Sam Booth.
Depleted Selby Warriors were unable to follow up their first win in Pennine League division one as they fell 42-18 at Odsal Sedbergh.
The Warriors have won only once in four previous visits to this ground and, despite fighting back from 22-6 down to 22-18, that record continued.
Odsal built a first-half lead, scoring four tries to one 70-metre interception effort in reply by Danny Simpson.
Two quick tries by Danny England, chasing a Wayne Fennell kick, and man-of-the-match Kelvin Robinson after the break brought Selby back into it, but Odsal then countered well.
Selby Warriors ‘A’ lost their first home game of the division seven campaign, 36-10, to a young Halton Moor Storm.
Ferocious early tackles from forwards Dave Sowden, Jamie Willis and new signing Wayne Wick upset Halton but they weathered the storm and scored three tries before half-time.
After the break, a cut-out pass from Warriors’ veteran hooker Sowden gave centre Jimmy Hanson a try.
After more big tackles from Andy Rowe and Paul Scott, scrum-half Alec Lindsay scored a stunning try, dribbling a loose ball from his own half with five men in pursuit before diving on it over the whitewash.
Hanson’s goal made it 14-10, but the Warriors then tired.
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