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Ionians ramble on with

hard-fought success


Withernsea RUFC 5

Hull Ionians Ramblers 12


AFTER A very disjointed spring programme, with several games falling victim to the weather or to other clubs not being able to field a team, it was good to see a home game taking place at Fouracre Park.

Hull Ionians arrived at the coast above Withernsea in the table, having only lost one game all season, and are always a well-organised and experienced side. Ironically, what was one of the best games of the season has the shortest write-up, as defences on both teams negated the attacking efforts of the opposition.

Hull Ionians were the dominant team for the first 30 minutes, hardly leaving Withernsea’s 22 metre area. Ionians kept on driving the ball in with their forwards, then stretching the home defence by moving it wide through their backs. Withernsea defended with great bravery and held the visitors out, with several last-ditch tackles saving tries.

However, so much pressure had to tell in the end and Ionians got on the scoresheet with a converted try to take a 7-0 lead.

With 10 minutes left of the half, Withernsea now did some attacking of their own and were unlucky not to score before half-time. The second half saw Withernsea continue to press and they dominated most of the second half. Again, some excellent defence, this time from Ionians, kept the scoreboard at a standstill, but Withernsea eventually earned some points for their dominance.

More good recycling by the forwards created space in midfield for Connor Sims to chip over the Ionians’ defence and Mike Penny was able to outpace the defence to retrieve the ball on the touchline and score in the corner; 5-7.

Withernsea continued to dominate, but just couldn’t find a way through. Ionians were always dangerous on the
break, but the home team looked more likely to achieve a win. Sadly, this did not happen. Withernsea lost a crucial lineout in Ionians’ 22, which enabled the visitors to work their way up the field. From another lost Withernsea lineout, which was a surprise after being strong in this set piece all year, Ionians took advantage and scored the only other points of the game with a try that earned them the win at 12-5.

A losing bonus point for Withernsea was scant reward for long periods of dominance in this game, but it was better than nothing. It could be important as Withernsea now teeter on the edge of the top four and will have to secure a win at Driffield in their last game to get into the play-offs.

On the day, Withernsea were missing four of their firstchoice backs and this is going to have an impact on any team, but the lads on the pitch last Saturday gave it 100 per cent and were unlucky not to have earned more from their efforts.

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