Crocs impress in revenge win

Malton and Norton 7 Old Crossleyans 27

CROCS avenged their start-of-the-season Yorkshire Cup defeat on the same ground with a bonus-point victory which keeps them fifth in North One East.

The Broomfield men traditionally have a poor away record. However, they are a different proposition on the road this season and made it four wins out of seven on their travels in the league in spite of a disastrous start.

Malton fielded the kick off and turned a three on two advantage into a two on one, Aussie centre Ali Heard scoring near the posts in the first minute and converting.

The Broomfield men responded well and took play to the other end where Leigh Thomas kicked a 30 metre penalty. Heard was off target when he tried to reply a minute later.

Crocs went in front on 16 minutes when centre Jack Hammond broke and brother Ryan, back at No 8 after a two-game absence, took play into the home 22. Skipper James Wainwright supported and Ryan Hammond set up winger Thomas to scoot in at the corner. Thomas added a fine conversion to give Crocs a 10-7 advantage.

The visitors added an unconverted try 10 minutes later, scrum half Chris Vine breaking wide on the right and fullback Chris Seymour kicking and forcing the hosts to conceded a lineout five metres out.

Crocs attempt at a catch and drive was held up but from the subsequent scrum they pushed the home side back and Ryan Hammond made it to the line.

Chris Jones’s visitors were in the ascendancy and they stretched their lead to 22-7 with another score three minutes before half time.

Jack Hammond kicked through and regathered. He was tackled two yards short of the try line but popped up a pass for Rory Davis, on for injured hooker Boj Sembi, to touch down. Thomas converted.

Chris Vine jinked through and Neil Richardson made a break to the home 22 as Crocs kept up the good work after the break.

Forwards and backs were linking well but Crocs had to wait until the 55th minute before gaining their four-try bonus point.

From a lineout on the bottom side of the ground Crocs mauled their way to 30 metres out. Wainwright broke away, chased by several defenders, and the back rower made it to the line. Thomas was on target again with the kick.

Luke Brocklehurst came on for his debut, replacing Mark Palmer at prop, but Crocs were temporarily reduced to 14 men when James Cooper was singled out after a flare-up at a lineout.

The visiting forward still drove their counterparts back at the next scrum and although Malton were not lying down, Crocs’ renowned defence was up to the task.

When Cooper returned and Gareth Sweeney had replaced Seymour, Crocs took the game to Malton with some exciting running rugby but no more points were forthcoming.