Smith’s early score sets clinical Greetland on the road to victory

Greetland Rangers under 17s left the wintery conditions in Calderdale and made the long trip to Hull to face Sutton Trust Lambworth in Yorkshire Combination Division One.

The superb playing field and calm conditions enabled 12 man Greetland to put on a clinical display to overcome their hosts 40- 6.

The opening minutes were even as both teams settled in to the game. Good Sutton pressure was relieved when Callum Dunne put in a superb kick that Connor Farnell chased to tackle the home team’s full back deep in his own half.

The home team built again, however, and this time Warren Thwaite was on hand to keep the scores level with some great last ditch defence.

Greetland then built some pressure of their own when Sutton knocked on after a George Hulme kick.

The visitors then moved the ball from one side of the pitch to the other before Corey Smith finished a great team try. Dunne improved from out wide to open a six point lead.

The home team came back strongly and were soon back on level terms when they burst through the centre of the Rangers’ line to level things with a converted try.

The final 10 minutes of the half saw the game become condensed in the middle of the field as both defences dominated.

Luke Sugden worked hard both with and without the ball as he inspired his team to stay in the arm wrestle.

Greetland upped their game to pull away from their hosts in the second half, scoring 34 unanswered points in a superb display of supportive rugby.

The landslide began in the first minute when Dunne intercepted a Sutton pass before sprinting 90 yards to score a fine individual try.

Dunne then scored again with a trademark jinking run. At 14-6 the visitors relaxed and, despite their lack of numbers, began to turn the screw.

James Turner rampaged through the Sutton defence before finding James Hanson in support and he scored a great try.

To rub salt in to the wound, Iain Dale crossed soon after when he chased a kick before ripping the ball away from a home player’s grip in a clever one on one steal.

Greetland had been down to 11 men due to an injury to Danny Collier, but he returned to the field to play through the pain barrier and soon after he was found by the industrious Harry Latham and crashed over from close range.

Latham proved to be the provider once again when his pass fed Turner and he burst through to score from five yards. Smith improved to extend the lead to 34-6 and maintain Greetland’s point a minute second half display.

Latham then rounded off a great individual display when he scooted over from close range to score under the posts. Harry Bakes converted with virtually the last kick of the game.

Much more junior sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier