Greetland Rangers under 17s visited third placed Dewsbury Moor after yet another period without a game in an entertaining Division One clash.
The visitors looked rusty throughout however, as errors and penalties disrupted their game plan throughout the match, which ended 28-6 to the hosts.
Dewsbury began strongly and were rewarded with two tries in the first minutes to open a 10 point lead. Greetland ground their way back in to the game, however, and had their best period of the match during the second quarter.
Led by the industrious Harry Latham, Rangers shored up their defence and Luke Sugden, Josh Saltonstall and George Hulme matched the Dewsbury forwards with some big tackles and strong runs.
Harry Bakes made good yards during this period with several carries, as did James Hanson. On several occasions Greetland camped on the Dewsbury line only to be thwarted by some excellent defence.
The visitors began to display more supportive rugby and a break from James Turner was backed up by Connor Farnell. This led to yet more good field position that Greetland failed to convert in to points.
A superb cross-field kick from Corey Smith looked like it might catch the home team’s scrambling defence out, but their full back just won the race to ground the ball dead as Greetland’s chasers descended on him.
Rangers began the second half well, exerting the early pressure that led to Turner blasting through to score a fine individual try converted by Callum Dunne to reduced the deficit to 10-6.
Greetland had high hopes of turning the screw, but Dewsbury replied quickly to re-establish their 10 point lead and this seemed to deflate Greetland.
Despite the hard work and enthusiasm of Ben Horsfield, Archie Williams and debutant Jack Wooley, Greetland coughed up the ball too often, struggling to complete a set in a frustrating second half. This was compounded by injuries to Farnell and the industrious Warren Thwaite.
As Dewsbury began to enjoy the increased possession, they extended their lead with two more tries before the final whistle.
GREETLAND All Rounders Junior Rugby League have started pre-season training for their younger age groups. The club would like to invite boys and girls aged between six and 10 years of age (school years 2 to 5) to join them.
Training is held on Savile Park opposite ‘The Lodge’ fish and chip shop between 11.30 and 12.30 each Saturday, weather permitting. All sessions are run by a fully qualified, CRB checked and first aid trained coaching team.
Everyone is welcome to turn up on the day, or ring our coaching coordinator on 07875 666631 for more details.
Also Greetland are looking for a coach for their under 10s team. Anybody interested should contact the above number
THE West Riding League are running the cup finals for the under 16s, 17s and 18s on Sunday, March 18 at Cougar Park, Keighley.
The entry fee is £2.50 per person (under 16’s free) and the kick-off times are as follows:
10.30: Under 16s - Siddal v King Cross Park; 12 noon: Under 17s - Wyke v Underbank; 2.00: Under 18s - Odsal v Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks*