22 May 2024

A good point on the road

Mosborough RUFC 15
Hornsea RUFC 10

Hornsea made the long trek down to South Yorkshire in successive weeks, looking to amend last week’s heavy defeat at Rotherham Phoenix.

Injuries and unavailabilities hampered Ed Webster in taking his strongest side, but you wouldn’t have known it by the effort of all 16 men who travelled.

Hornsea started the game brightly and were the first on the scoreboard with a try from the experienced Phil Walker.

The try came from close out, Hornsea had Mosborough on the back foot from good line-out play (our line-out was dominant throughout), they mauled in field and then a series of rumbles took us close to the Mosborough line.

Walker picked it up and simply put it down over the line having driven over two of their forwards. Mark Thomas converted from way out towards touchline, even surprising himself, to give Hornsea a 7-0 lead. Hornsea increased their lead following a penalty in the last play of the first half which again Thomas converted.

Half-time: Mosborough 0 Hornsea 10

The second half saw Hornsea go down to 14 men after a series of high tackles saw Hornsea warned the next would be a bin, a high tackle followed, but the ref didn’t know which player it was so binned David Ashbridge as a “team” yellow.

Hornsea were on the back foot and Mosborough began to realise space out wide. Their captain broke through the line, and they scored under the sticks.

James Hill tried to slide in to hold him up but his foot made contact, the referee brought out the yellow card, and Hornsea were down to 13 men.

Mosborough ran in two quick tries in five minutes after this, capitalising on reduced scrum numbers and lack of defence out wide to run in two scores.

With five minutes to go Hornsea turned them over in our 22. They went to halfway with the penalty, and then another penalty was conceded and Hornsea went short of their 22 for a lineout.

Some real momentum was building in the final two minutes but eventually Hornsea were penalised at the breakdown about 15m out and that was the full-time whistle.

It was very spirited performance by all of the side, which should give them plenty of confidence as they face the bottom side of Yorkshire 4 at home next week on the club’s Vice President’s Day.