Greetland pay for below-par performance

GREETLAND Rangers under 17s put in a below par performance against a strong Oulton Raiders side at Spring Rock, eventually going down 32-10.

The home team began well, forcing an early drop out with a well placed kick-off.

The resulting possession saw Luke Sugden attract the attention of several Oulton defenders before getting the ball to Harry Latham who was there in support.

He found George Hulme, whose fast hand got the ball to Ben Horsefield and he scored a fine team try wide on Greetland’s left.

It was a lead Greetland looked like building on with Harry Bakes making great yards with some enthusiastic carries whilst Jordan Healey and Corey Smith tackled well.

That was until the home side slipped in to their frustrating habit of ill discipline, handing the majority of the possession to their opponents.

Oulton gradually worked their way up the field and scored a good try after a flowing move to level the scores at 4-4 after 20 minutes. The visitors backed this up with two more tries, one of which was improved to leave the score 14-4 in their favour.

Greetland were rewarded for their hard work with some good territory. Warren Thwaite and Iain Dale both made half breaks and twice Sugden crossed the Raiders’ try line only to be held up by some good defence.

Rangers were down to 12 men for the second half after injuries to Hulme and Smith ended their games early.

To their credit they started the half enthusiastically with Archie Williams and Jack Wooley playing their parts as Greetland attempted to push their way back in to the game.

Mistakes and penalties still punctured their efforts, however, but a great kick from James Hanson found the ground on a fifth and last and Connor Farnell pounced to score a well worked try that Hanson converted to bring the home team to within four points.

That was as good as it got for the home team, however, as they imploded in the last 15 minutes. Danny Collier stood tall in defence for the home team, but Oulton dominated the last quarter, built on some tight defence, especially with their backs to their own try line.

The rout began when Oulton broke from deep after more good Greetland pressure to score a long range try, then they never looked back, pulling away with regular scores until the final whistle put Greetland out of their misery.

More Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier