Another bonus as Crocs ease to victory

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Old Crossleyans 28 Middlesbrough 13

Old Crossleyans maintained their record of picking up a bonus point in each of their North One East matches to date as they produced another fine display to see off Middlesbrough.

The scoreline reflected the game with Crocs holding a 28-6 lead with 11 minutes to go then having enough on the scoreboard to see off any attempted comeback.

Crocs opened well and constant pressure on the Middlesbrough line ended with flanker Raman Sembi burrowing over by the posts for scrum half Chris Vine to convert after five minutes.

The two sides tested each other out but it was Crocs who threatened again when a flowing move ended with Rob Oliver losing his grip on the ball over the line.

Controlled pressure by forwards and backs forced the Middlesbrough defence to back-pedal in their own 22. Fly half Gareth Ott stepped out of three tackles but was stopped short.

The ball was recycled to the backs and Anthony Oxley charged through taking three defenders over the line with him, Vine converting for 14-0 after 23 minutes.

Middlesbrough attacked from the restart and won a penalty in front of the posts for centre Todd to convert.

A penalty then won Crocs lineout position on the opposing 22. Oxley took the ball into contact and released No 8 and captain Ryan Hammond who charged to the line.

Winger Wainwright was in suppport and he raced across the field before passing to centre Jack Hammond whose half break allowed brother Billy to go over in the corner, Vine adding a magnificent touchline conversion for 21-3.

Middlesbrough again responded quickly with Todd adding another penalty before Joe Baker was called upon to clear the danger when he fielded a grubber kick towards the line into touch.

The third quarter saw Crocs use their bench but the home side maintained their good form and from a Middlesbrough lineout in their own 22 No 10 Wright kicked long. Jack Hammond gathered on his own 22 before freeing Billy Hammond who took on three defenders before being grounded 40 metres out.

The ball was recycled and Ott fed Ryan Hammond before taking a return ball and racing to the posts for the four try bonus point, Vine adding the extra two points for 28-6.

Middlesbrough enjoyed a 10 minute attacking spell but the Crocs pack remained firm. Experienced former RL man Saq Murtza then came on for the home side and showed good skills in the next attack featuring Jack and Billy Hammond but the ball went to ground.

The scoring was completed late on when Middlesbrough won a penalty and from a resulting scrum prop Warsama was driven over by the posts for Todd to convert.