Result Wednesday 16 August - Bradford Salem 10 - 35 Foresters ----    Saturday 19 August - Wharfedale v Hull Ionians (A) KO 3.00pm ----

Sandal 15 Wharfedale 21

June 6th, 2015
This was not pretty. Littered with errors throughout, the Foresters normally go through the gears with indecent speed but here were stuck in second and just not able to fire. Their unbeaten League record always makes opposition sides raise their own game and Sandal certainly did that but the visitors helped them with an unusual off day, which admittedly, every successful sides have from time to time. They will learn a great deal from their performance here. The game being Rob Burnetts 350th appearance for the Foresters probably amounted to the same number of missed tackles. The coaches, who do a magnificent job for this squad, may want to look at that aspect. Initially the visitors scrum dominated with Altham,Stockdale and Freeman a solid front row and resulted in a push over try pounced on by Rhys Davies. This was followed by two penalties from the ever consistent Druce and then as a result of mainly poor tackling a penalty converted by Sandal making a half time score of 11-3. At this stage Druce, Croft, Freeman and Baines were replaced by Parkinson, Gill, Rhodes and Wareing. Again poor tackling allowed Sandal a try quickly followed by one for Wharfedale with Simpson quickly following up a well judged kick from Harry Bullough. Similar tactics provided another try scored by Wareing. The half back combination Bullough and Bullough provided their usual industrious approach yet never able to get the line clicking in its customary fashion. Sandal had several big strong running players and used them to best advantage creating many problems for the indifferent tackling and the Greens forwards were just off the boil at this stage, and from another unforced error, Sandal scored a gifted try to provide the final score. The Foresters can take positives from this game and let us not forget an ugly win is still a win and they are still undefeated in the League. There was the usual powerful forceful running from Crabtree and the elusive Howick. The pack more than held their own against a much bigger heavier eight and the younger players including Prell, Altham, Stockdale, Whyte, Gill and Baines showed that, in time, they have much to offer the Club. And it was good to see Harry Croft gaining in confidence again. However all have to be asked for more cohesion,clinical control and the willingness to commit to disciplines for their success to be continued. The negatives may seem harsh but any with aspirations of playing in National One have to learn these disciplines and quickly. The biggest positive of all was the chance to witness Rob Burnnet`s 350th appearance. Known affectionately as “Bernie, Grandad or at times Nureyev “ he has with his indefatigable spirit, undoubted ability and willingness at all times to do what is best for the Club, been a credit to himself, the Foresters and the image of the Greens. What a Gem !
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