Moortown 37 YMCA 12
ALTHOUGH Halloween is still a week away, YMCA suffered a Rocky Horror Show in a nightmare performance at Moortown on Saturday.
After two good back-to-back wins which had lifted them to within a point of the top of the table, the Laund Hill side produced a dire display which had the coaching team scratching their heads.
Skipper Neil Walker summed it up succinctly after the final whistle when he remarked: “This was a particularly bad day at the office!”
Despite scoring the first and last tries of the game, there was little to cheer the visiting fans, and the biggest smirk on the field was worn by Moortown’s coach, Carl Thewlis, formerly in charge at YMCA!
Certainly the visitors’ cause was not helped by the early loss of hooker Stuart Dyke, who was suffering from mild concussion, coupled to one or two wayward decisions from the referee, who seemed a bit selective in his judgement on the forward pass rule, but neither could be used as an excuse for what in the end was a comprehensive hammering.
It had all started so very promisingly, as a good slipped pass from centre Russell Barber ended with winger Chris Beever scurrying over in the left corner, Barber adding a great conversion after just eight minutes.
But six minutes later it was back to all square as prop Nathan Preston burst through a gap in YM’s defence and centre Mark Wilkinson, who had missed an easy early penalty, slotted over the conversion.
Both sides wanted to move the ball about, and after great work from YM full-back Tim Horner who joined the line, it seemed they had re-taken the lead with a try from Barber, only for the referee to rule it out for a knock-on, although the centre had looked to touch it down before the ball squirted out of his grasp.
From that point, it was all downhill, despite the best efforts of YM scrum half Simon Wilson, who was one of the few Laund Hill players to emerge with any great credit.
Dyke had to come off to be replaced by William Sellars, with his brother Stephen taking over as hooker, and then came the first of Richardson’s six penalties as YM’s discipline disappeared out of the window.
There was still little to choose between the two sides as regards the scoreline at half-time with Moortown holding a 10-7 lead, but when Fabio Leone-Mazza was sin-binned shortly after the re-start, Richardson extended the lead to 13-7 with a second penalty.
By now it was almost one-way traffic, and within five minutes Moortown back rower Chris Martin ‘ghosted’ his way through a static defence, and although Richardson failed with his conversion, he stuck over four more three-pointers in quick succession as YM were pulled up for holding on, not releasing and talking-back to the referee, two of those offences resulted in Gavin Stead and Horner both serving time in the sin-bin.
Moortown’s final score came when from a scrum close in, quick ball out right found winger Dom Gray with almost half the field to himself and he strolled over unopposed, Richardson again striking the conversion through the middle for a personal haul of 22 points. On the only two occasions YM threatened the home 22, second rower Simon Whitehead coughed up possession, and it was left to Stead to score a consolation try wide out right on the stroke of full time.
Head coach Damon Scholes will have his work cut out this week as he prepares the side for next Saturday’s home game with Pocklington, which also mark’s President’s Day – and Halloween!
YMCA: Horner; Beever, Williams, Barber, Stead; Swift, Wilson; Dyke (Ste), Dyke (Stu) (Sellars 16), Lockwood, Hellawell (Housley 54), Whitehead, Leone-Mazza, Hodge, Walker.