On a chilly but fine afternoon at The Avenue with most of the attention on the main pitch the Foresters squad’s minds could have been elsewhere. But this was not to be the case as they came out of the changing rooms raring to go.
Some good early phases of attacking play took the Foresters into the Morley 22. Continuity from the forwards and backs created an opportunity for scrum half Rory MacNab to dart over from close range. He added the extras to make the score 7-0.
More good phases and continuity from the kick off kept the pressure on Morley. A penalty was conceded and an attacking 10 yard line out was gained. A good clean catch and drive resulted in Jake Parkinson touching down over the whitewash. Credit is due to the forward pack for creating a safe platform. Conversion missed 12-0.
A repeat of the first try was soon to follow as Rory MacNab darted over followinhg a show and go from five yards out. He converted his own try. 19-0.
By this time the watching faithful may well have thought it was going to be a score fest. However, they were to be much mistaken as back came Morley into the game; first of all by being gifted a try from a telegraphed pass in the centre of the park. 19-5.
Following the kick off Morley controlled the ball and this resulted in them working their way upfield and producing a converted try.
Half time 19-12
After the break the Foresters started off in the same manner as the first half with good continuity and phases of interplay between backs and forwards and with the returning James Huck popping up out wide and rumbling in at the corner. The difficult conversion was missed, 24-12.
Back came Morley with another try following a poor clearance kick. The winger was allowed space and time and crossed wide out. 24-17.
This slight error galvanised the Foresters and they started to control again and take play to the Morley squad which caused the referee ward penalties to Wharfedale. Play was taken to the visitors 5 metre line where another caught and driven line out was stopped briefly only for Tom Jackson to manage to get the ball down. The conversion was missed, 29-17.
Morley were to have the last word as far as the scoreboard was concerned. Some cheap penalties piggy backed them downfield and good phases took them over the whitewash. 29-22.
Wharfedale claimed the ball back from the kick off and saw time out to gain another valuable victory.
Credit is due to Morley for playing their part in an afternoon of good hard fought rugby.
From a Foresters perspective, it was good to see a number of lads returning to the squad and another couple getting their first taste of Foresters rugby.
Team: – 1. James Huck, 2. Jake Parkinson, 3. Tom Jackson, 4. Rhys Davies (c), 5. Simon Borrill 6. Jack Kitching, 7. Oliver Snowdon, 8. Morgan Davies, 9. Rory MacNab, 10. Max Bell 11. Adam Stockdale, 12. Jimmy Bullough, 13. James Raper, 14. Eddie Gill 15. Sam Arkwright.
Replacements: – 16. Tom Walker, 17. Jacob Taylor, 18. Elliott Stockton, 19. Callum Lockett,
20. Ed Hainsworth