YMCA 26Goole 3
YMCA registered their first win of the new season with a much-improved performance to beat Goole and keep their try-line intact.
The visitors actually took the lead in the fourth minute through a penalty and held onto it for the first half-hour as the London Society referee continually pulled up both sides for technical offences.
As the half moved into the second period, winger Russell Barber levelled the match with a penalty and added further three-pointers on 37, 41 and 51 minutes – the referee having opted to stop his watch at every available opportunity.
With Tim Horner at full-back and Chris Williams preferring his role at centre and James Swift at No10, YM’s defence looked solid under the high ball, while up front the pack began to dominate their bigger, but clearly unfit opponents, and were good value for their 12-3 interval lead.
Flowing play was difficult, given the amount of stoppages for minor infringements, but when Neil Walker broke down the right flank he found wing forward Sam Hodge in support who went over the game’s opening try.
Barber converted and then intercepted a pass to go over himself to consolidate YM’s lead.
Tuivunilagi spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin, but Goole failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage, their forwards having long since run out of steam having found the home eight to be far fitter and better organised.
Indeed, the day’s man-of-the-match award went collectively to YM’s front five, while their were also some good performances from Hodge and Simon Wilson.
YMCA: Horner, Barber, Morton, Williams, Alexis-Bailey; Swift, Wilson; Lockwood, Dyke (SJ), Dyke (S), Whitehead, Hellawell, Walker, Hodge, Pollock. Subs (all used): Smith, Tuivunilagi, Leone-Mazza.