Greetland Rangers under 17s edged to a 34-28 victory in the first game of their season against a powerful Underbank Rangers outfit at Spring Rock.
After a positive pre-season, Greetland were full of confidence as the game began, but they were out gunned in the opening quarter by their bigger opponents. Underbank dominated the ruck in the early exchanges, allowing them to make big inroads into Greetland territory with every set.
Three tries and two conversions turned this dominance in to points as the visitors opened a 16–0 lead. It looked like Greetland needed something to spark them in to life and they got this when Connor Farnell pounced on a probing kick and weaved through the Underbank defence to score a super individual try.
This seemed to inspire the home team and soon after good yards from Luke Sugden and Josh Saltonstall gave Greetland more good field position. Harry Latham teased the Underbank line before he found Jozef Bird with a well timed pass and he crashed over for a well worked score. Bird then turned provider when he put Farnell in for his second try and the half ended 18 all.
Despite the advantages of the pitch now in Greetland’s favour, it was Underbank who took the initiative at the start of the second half. Another converted try put the visitors six points ahead and they looked to consolidate their lead.
Several high kicks were sent in Jordan Healey’s direction, but he coped well with them all, turning defence in to attack.
Archie Williams made good yards scooting from behind the ruck, whilst Corey Smith and Iain Dale looked assured in defence on Greetland’s left fringe.
Farnell then completed his hat trick with another superb solo effort and he improved to bring the scores level again.
George Hulme and Callum Dunne worked tirelessly in attack and defence, whilst James Turner made great yards with every carry and Greetland began to look the more dangerous of the two sides.
As the clock ticked down the home team were awarded a penalty deep in Underbank’s half.
Despite the temptation to take the two points, the home team piled on the pressure and their courage was rewarded when Danny Collier barged over for a fine try.
Illingworth Junior Rugby League Club are holding training sessions every Saturday morning between 10 and 11 for boys and girls aged between six and 11.
Training is free and concentrates on learning the core skills of Rugby League.
Just turn up and join in or contact Mick Lovelady on 07876735280 or 01422351952 for more information
WEST RIDING YOUTH ARL
Under 14s: Hoyland 0 Wyke 44; Sheffield HH 8 West Bowling 54; Moldgreen 26 Farnley 14; Siddal 56 Methley Warriors 6.
Under 13s: Lindley Swifts 38 King Cross Park 0; West Bowling 14 Queensbury 20; Moldgreen 24 Siddal 4; Brighouse Rangers 38 Slaithwaite Saracens 0.
Under 14s: Wyke v Siddal; West Bowling; West Bowling v Farnley Falcons; Hoyland Vikings v Moldgreen; Methley Warriors v Sheffield HH.
Under 13s: Brighouse Rangers v Lindley Swifts; King Cross Park v Moldgreen; Queensbury v Ovenden; Underbank Rangers v Siddal; Slaithwaite Saracens v West Bowling.