Hull 52 v 8 Kirkby Lonsdale

More pieces of eight

A personal view by Cammie Hodgkinson

The previous Saturday Kirkby had run in eight tries against Wirral who had been running in the top flight during the season, yesterday they had to concede eight against Hull and this describes the gap between those high in the league and the two clear at the top. Hull have assembled a squad with power and pace, strength and skill in every position and they are not really tested in the Northern Premiership. This result ensures them the play off place in which they will surely be successful and if Kirkby can take anything from this it is that they won’t have to make the three hundred mile coast to coast round trip next season!

It was a lovely sunny afternoon on Chanterlands Avenue, Kirkby kicked off playing right to left in front of the clubhouse into a slight breeze and applied the early pressure which brought them a penalty in kickable range. Hull disputed the decision and the referee Mr Rob Teare of the Nott’s, Linc’s and Derby Society, who kept firm and fair control throughout the match, marched them back ten which made the kick a gimme for full back Ryan Terry who put Kirkby ahead 0 – 3 in the first minute.

Two minutes later Hull hit back with a converted try to make it 7 – 3 but Kirkby continued their hot start to the match with an extended period of pressure on or near the Hull line which ended when Skipper Ben Walker darted through a gap to score. Terry’s conversion was just wide but at 7 – 8 Kirkby led again with thirteen minutes played, the trouble was there were still sixty seven minutes to play.

A penalty in the twentieth minute for not rolling away gave Hull an attacking lineout and after two minutes of intense pressure they were over for their second try, converted to make it 14 – 8. Three minutes later slick handling and dummy running created space for their third try by the right corner flag, no conversion this time but the lead had extended to 19 – 8 with twenty five minutes played. And they scored again just before half time, yet another penalty was put to touch for an attacking lineout and this resulted in their fourth try this time under the posts, the conversion making the half time score 26 – 8.

The second half started as the first with Kirkby on the attack and although this was maintained for some time every effort either tight by the forwards or wide down the backs was held by the Hull defence and Kirkby didn’t score. The first twenty minutes of the second half was evenly fought with neither side being able to put points on the board but pressure from the home side was beginning to tell and as Kirkby fought to contain it they began to yield penalties at the breakdown and offside in the loose. 

Hull fed off this, kickable penalties were put to touch for lineouts in attacking positions where their clinical finishing saw them run in four tries in the last quarter to close the match out at 52 – 8, although the game wasn’t as one sided as the score suggests and Kirkby can take a lot of credit for the way they played. However, it’s congratulations to Hull who are also in the final of the Yorkshire Cup, we wish them well in that and, obviously, in the play off.

Unusually, Kirkby spectator support on the day was low and deserving of some roll of honour so let’s hear it for ‘the few’ Gary Mountain and his daughter Lindsey, Dave Law, David Cooper-Dunne, Richard and Hazel Holmes, Peter and Sabine Sutcliffe and Francesca Mathews.

 

Team

1   James Law

2   Matt Holyland

3   Tyran Fagan

4   Gareth Gore

5   Matt Hughes

6   Craig Galbraith

7   Ross Towers

8   Alex Rogers

9   Ben Walker

10 Dave Barton

11 Harry Huddleston

12 Tom Pickthall

13 Matthew Bargh

14 Stuart Storey

15 Ryan Terry

 

Bench

16 David Maka

17 Will Brown

18 Seb Moore