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Withernsea back to winning ways



Withernsea RUFC 39


ON SATURDAY, Withernsea travelled to Saltend in hope of recording their first victory of the season against BP RUFC, despite only having a bare 15 to play with.

Withernsea were lacking a few regulars due to some players going to Twickenham to watch England take on South Africa and some for various other reasons.

The home team started strongly by putting plenty of pressure on Withernsea’s defence in the opening minutes, gaining strong territory in the Withernsea half. This didn’t last too long, however, before the visitors managed to turn the ball over and break down the wing for Dan Wardman to open up the scoring.

This seemed to settle the nerves and Withernsea continued the strong momentum with another two quick tries from Mike Penny and Alex Kirk to give them a seemingly comfortable 15-point lead after all three conversions had been missed.

Withernsea suffered two injuries late in the first half. Jakey Bowen went off with an ankle injury and was replaced by Withernsea’s only sub Steve Gale, who had arrived shortly after kick-off.

Carl Gibson, who had nearly scored earlier in the game but dived just short by mistaking the five-metre line for the try line, also went down with a knee injury and was kindly replaced with one of BP’s many subs.

This seemed to be a bit of a turning point in the game as BP managed to draw the game level with three tries of their own leaving the second half wide open.

Withernsea took the lead again briefly with a try from Sean Wrightson, who had had some destructive runs at the BP defence throughout the game, before BP levelled the score again at 20-20.

At this point, it was anyone’s game. BP continued to push forward and test the Withernsea defence and were rewarded with a 10-minute extra player advantage when Liam Bailey saw yellow for a high tackle.

With a player in the sin bin, Withernsea still managed to find themselves in a good position, attacking BPs defence just outside of their 22 and forcing them to concede a penalty right in front of the posts. Captain Alex Kirk opted to go for the posts which Dan Wardman comfortably converted.

BP looked to take advantage of having an extra man when they managed to find a gap on the wing covered by their own player, leaving Mike Penny defending a massive two on one overlap. BP looked certain to take the lead for the first time in the match, but Penny had other ideas.

After tackling the first man, Penny found his feet to track back again and catch the second man, who had received an offload, just metres from the Withernsea line. Penny managed to steal the ball before making a 60-yard break back the other way to put in Dan Wardman for his second try of the game.

Sin bin over and Withernsea had managed to add to the scoreboard. This seemed to give the lads a surge in confidence to see the game out as they went on to score another try with a driving maul from the forwards before the ball popped out perfectly for Sam Morfitt to drop on.

Dan Wardman converted three out of the six tries to end the score at 20-39 to Withernsea. A great win against a well-respected team.

This Week’s fixture: Withernsea RUFC V Hornsea RUFC at home on Saturday, November 10 with an early kick off of 1pm so that we can then go and watch the England V New Zealand game afterwards.

The match ball sponsor for this week’s home game has kindly been received from Gus Taylor, yet another former club member and ex-player. A big thank you to Gus for you support!

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