Gloomy day at the Gannock!
Gloomy day at the Gannock!
Weatherwise the Gods smiled on Malton and lifted the rain, but that was the last contribution they made.
With the lights on from the start visitors Bradford & Bingley ( The Bees ) set off at a frenetic pace and ran Malton from side to side for the first 5 minutes demonstrating their power up front and in midfield especially the bulky no 8. Malton absorbed the pressure and on 10 minutes rolled up to the the Bees line via a penalty kick to the corner. The throw in overshot the tail gunner and hit the ground but the alert Nick Daley swooped, hacked on and grounded for the opening try converted by Paul Angus. Five minutes later Bees took a scrum against the head and gained 30 metres to earn a penalty 15 metres out in front of the uprights. Opting for 2 scrums in succession they moved the ball first right then left for the no 6 to go over wide out for 5 points.
Undaunted Malton visited the Bees line again for Charlie Corner wearing 4 this week to cross wide out for 5 points.
Eight minutes later Malton collected the first yellow of the game when Ali Fothergill blocked the Bees winger who had chipped ahead 10 metres from the line.
Half time came with the score at 12-5, Malton's penalty count uncomfortably high and the Bees count by comparison low!
With the Stygian gloom persisting Bees opened the 2nd half again fast and furiously and earned a penalty close to Malton's line. Again opting for the scrum the powerful drive, no8 pick up and feed to the scoring 12 was copy book stuff for 7 points.
On 55 minutes with the score at 12 apiece Bees opted for their first shot at a penalty goal, the ball rebounding off the posts. Back to plan A and more scrummaging!
Malton settled down for the next 10 minutes with no favours from the man with the whistle who several times spoke to the hapless Liam Vaughan who earned a yellow on 60 minutes for a perceived offence that both sides had been committing all afternoon. Moments later Tom Lowry departed with a worrying knee injury.
On 63 minutes with possession gained from a speculative chip kick by Malton the Bees swept down the pitch, the ball passing through several pairs of hands for the no 14 to score 5 points. Two minutes later a move which resulted in a converted try for the Bees no 10 sealed the game with a final score from their sub rubbing salt into the wound to make the final score an emphatic 12 - 29 to the visitors.
A tough lesson today administered by a superior side who had scorned at least a dozen kickable points from penalties awarded.
On days like this with a disproportionate high penalty count the referee should have a word in his ear politely asking why from someone on the pitch. Referees are normally deaf to taunts and criticism from the dug out and crowd.
A visit to the sea side beckons next week when with minds focussed a good result from a meeting with a side above us in the league is possible as has already been proved twice this season. Scarborough is a short ride away for travelling support, Ladies and gentlemen see you there!
Malton: Ali Fothergill Gary Moody Alex Caine Callum Stark Josh Weatherill Nick Daley Paul Angus Rob Featherstone Simon Thompson Liam Vaughan, Charlie Corner Will Hughes Tom Lowry Matt Bowman Sam Triffitt (capt.)
Subs: Ted Hughes
Charlie Read (both used)
Scorers: Daley 5