Greetland All Rounders under 17s began the new season with a good 22-10 win over a very strong and powerful Hull Dockers side.
This was the first time the two teams had met and the first 15 minutes each team probed each other for a way through.
Luke Byrne was at the forefront of the Greetland attack and the tactical kicking of Greg Barker made good ground position for the All Rounders to open the scoring, skipper Ben Fleming leading by example by dummying one way and darting over to score, Fleming converting.
Greetland worked tirelessly against the head wind and again made ground from forwards Sam Dalby and Jason Appleyard who found good field position to lay the platform for the Greetland backs to throw the ball down the line, Callum Marsden and Billy Lacey combining to outpace the Hull defence for Wesley O’Neill to race in at the corner, the same player adding the extras.
Greetland looked to be in the ascendency but complacency set in and Hull punished them, scholarship product Jordan North smashing his way over as Greetland’s defence attempted to turn him on the line.
Greetland had the advantage of the slope in the second half and Jordan Groombridge was instrumental at half back while the tackling of Morgan Hinsley and Michael Hall kept the Dockers at bay.
Stephen Wainhouse then managed to dislodge the ball from a Hull attacker and released Kieron Claughn to score a stunner of a try, Fleming’s conversion coming back off the woodwork.
Hull came back and a misunderstanding between the Greetland backs saw the Dockers score a converted try in the corner.
This gave the All Rounders the incentive to finish the job and Corey Marshall caught the ball from the kick off and released Callum Marsden who in turn drew his man then passed out to Claughn who managed an outrageous offload to O’Neill who raced from the halfway line to score and convert his own kick.
Greetland piled the pressure on but the Dockers produced a final solid defence to deny Byrne his second try as he was judged to have been held up on the line.