Much-changed Vandals are heavily beaten

Old Otliensians 48 Halifax Vandals 10

Vandals travelled to Otley with a much changed side to recent weeks and key unavailabilities in both the forwards and backs gave chances to several second team players.

Otliensians set out their game plan early on, spinning the ball wide at every oportunity.

It only took five minutes for their first score to arrive, an overlap on the left allowing the winger to glide over.

The Vandals forwards showed up well despite once again being heavily outweighed.

James Nuttall, stepping up to second row, put in some strong, direct runs but was met with excellent Otley defence.

The ever-dependable Paul Jowett and Drew Drake again stood out with some tireless defensive efforts. Slick handling between forwards and backs led to several more breakaway tries for Otliensians to leave the half time score at 24-0.

Vandals started well in the second half and had several periods of good pressure and were rewarded when Matt Farrar manged to force his way over after several quick tap penalties close to the line.

The conversion attempt failed when the ball fell from the tee, forcing full back Jimmy Crowther to attempt a quick drop goal from out wide.

Otliensians ran in several more tries as a lack of posession and some slack tackling ended any hopes of Vandals getting anything from the game.

Mark Kazmierski showed fantastic strength and technique to burrow over from five yards out for a consolation score for Vandals with the last play of the game, Crowther narrowly missing the touchline conversion.