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Malton & Norton RUFC lose 42-30 at Northern
11:16am Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Malton fell 42-30 away to Northern in North One East, a result described as “very disappointing”
by club spokesman Bill Laidler, especially following the morale- boosting win over Old Crossleyans seven days earlier.
Northern scored six tries but had to work hard for only one of them, with Malton gifting them the victory with some slipshod play. The visitors, on the other hand, had to work for all of their points. Laidler said: “On the day the better side won and we must raise our game before we meet Morpeth at The Gannock this coming Saturday (2.15pm).”
Malton put themselves into difficulties from the off at Northern, by failing to cleanly secure the ball. Northern kept possession well with some probing runs before sending the ball wide and benefiting from two weak tackles to score.
Two minutes later, Malt were dealt a bigger blow, losing skipper and influential back-row Sam Triffitt to a foot injury. Maybe the Ryedale’s side better recent luck regarding injuries and unavailability is not easing after all.
The visitors did have a better period and, after Northern were put under pressure, a penalty for offside was converted by James Bulmer. But Malton returned to their shell and, with former Sheffield fly-half Donal Collins on fine kicking form for Northern, were made to suffer.
Firstly, a fine kick to the corner gave the home pack the position they needed to catch and drive for a second try which Collins converted well from the touchline. And he then added two penalties before Malt again sprung back to life.
With half-time looming, Malton were awarded a penalty in their own 22. They opted for a quick tap and go and Ian Cooke set off on a long defence-splitting run before handing on to Bulmer, who in turn put flanker George Harrison in for his side’s first try.
Bulmer converted, but the renewed hope was soon quelled as Malton again made a hash of the restart to give territorial advantage to the home side. From their own put-in at a scrum in the Malton 22, Northern broke blind and a deft chip caught the defence at sixes and sevens and the hosts had another try, Collins converting for a 25-10 interval lead.
The second half also opened with a try – but this time for Malton. From a scrum in centre-field, Malt broke blind and a strong run from newcomer Leki Atiola made ground and a swift offload to Tom Clark gave the wing the chance to cross.
A scrappy passage followed with Malton failing to take advantage of sloppy Northern play before the hosts were again gifted a try through some poor defence. Worse followed when a loose pass at the base of a ruck was intercepted to gift Northern another score.
Malton now had a mountain to climb but they responded well. The pack took the game to the hosts, with Alex Whittaker at the heart of battle, producing some good picking and driving for prop Paul Dobson to get a try and narrow the gap. However, Malton yet again failed to deal with the restart, allowing the ball to bounce and a home forward to snap it up and race away for his side’s sixth try.
With 10 minutes remaining, Malton still had hope as the pack imposed themselves. With a period of sustained pressure producing a succession of penalties. A good drive from a lineout was sufficient to give substitute second-row George Nutt his side’s bonus-point try.
Jamie Rounthwaite, also on as a substitute, made certain that the next restart was dealt with properly, giving his side the opportunity to set up more drives at the home defence. Eventually the ball was spun wide and Clark got his second try of the game on full-time.
Malton & Norton: G Elliott, T Clark, I Cooke, L Atiola, J Bulmer, C Ramsay, T Boyle, P Dobson, A Whittaker, N Salisbury, S Emms, A Coe, T Parsons, G Harrison, S Triffitt. Subs (all used): J Rounthwaite, R Featherstone, G Nutt.
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