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1st XV - Match centre

Wharfedale
Hull Ionians
D Stockdale, D Stockdale, R Ward, C Walker
Tries
D Laverick, A Forth
J Blakeney-Edwards, J Blakeney-Edwards
Conversions
L Minikin
Sat 19 Jan 14:00 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Wharfedale 24 v 12 Hull Ionians

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Anything I's can do, 'dale can do better.

Ionians fluctuating fortunes took another dip after defeat at the hands of a Wharfedale side who dogged out a heroic win, clearly motivated by the perceived injustices meted out by Tim Allatt.
Certainly there were more cards on view than there were incidents of running rugby, but a depleted home pack, reduced by the dismissal of Matt Houghton for uttering a rude word within earshot of the referee after half an hour of play, made light of the task. They overwhelmed the visitors “up front” and claimed 4 of the total 6 tries scored following successful catch and drives.
As is often the case at Threshfield the side playing down the slope have the ascendancy and the visitors took full advantage early in the game. Virtually from the start Ionians parked down in the bottom corner and gained reward in the eleventh minute.Following a series of penalties, which saw Walker the first to be carded, a fourth line-out was cleanly taken to be driven over for a try, credited to Dave Laverick.
Ionians returned to the home 22 from the re-start and it took a valiant defensive effort from the Greens to withstand the barrage, but they eventually broke from defence to challenge the Ionians line. The aberration by Houghton looked as if it would derail the dalesmen but instead it spurred them on and they worked the ball to within 5m of the Ionians line to drive the ball into touch. The resulting line-out was cleanly taken and with re-enforcements arriving from the backline ‘dale drove over for Dan Stockdale to dot down. Blakeney- Edwards added a well judged conversion to nudge Wharfedale in front.
The Green’s maintained their momentum and the pressure they applied as they attacked the Ionians line had Joe Makin binned. On the stroke of half time the hosts repeated their earlier feat, with Stokedale on hand to double his tally. Wharfedale went into the break with a tenuous, hard earned advantage, 12 – 5.
Ionians held a clear advantage out wide but had been unable or unwilling to utilise the pace of Minikin, Wilson and Kuku in the first half. They looked to be making amends in the opening minutes of the second half when a number of breaks stretched Wharfedale and indicated that Ionians would be able to redress the balance.
However, the home defence stood firm and it was ‘dale who were able to extend the lead with the home side re-acquainting themselves with the bottom corner and in the familiar environs took another clean catch and rolled in field for Reece Ward to drive over. Blakeney Edwards added the goal and Wharfedale opened the gap to 19 – 5.
Minikin and Kuku combined to take Ionians up the touchline and into the home 22. As the Ionians pack drove for the line greens prop, Toms Asejevs intervened illegally and Ionians kicked to the corner. Surprise, surprise, catch and drive and over, with Ally Forth claiming the try. Minikin converted to put Ionians back in touch, 19 – 12, with a quarter hour remaining.
The final minutes were pure slugfest with both sets of forwards intent on gaining superiority. The home side came out on top. Ionians had a chance to cut the deficit when they utilized the backs, but when play broke down and Ionians were awarded a scrum deep in the home 22 the referee allowed the home scrum-half to clear the ball from the set piece with his boot and chance was gone.
Inevitably, given what had preceded it, the final score, gained by the Greens, was the result of a penalty kick to the corner, a successful take and a drive to the line. Chris Walker, who had worked tirelessly throughout, claimed the score and despite the missed conversion the partisan home supporters went into raptures as they celebrated a richly deserved and vital victory.

Key moments

11:00
Try David Laverick scores for Hull Ionians
34:00
Try Dan Stockdale scores for Wharfedale
35:00
Conversion Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Wharfedale
39:00
Try Dan Stockdale scores for Wharfedale
52:00
Try Reece Ward scores for Wharfedale
53:00
Conversion Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Wharfedale
64:00
Try Ally Forth scores for Hull Ionians
65:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
75:00
Try Chris Walker scores for Wharfedale

Highlights

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79:00 Sub On
Joe Metcalfe is substituted on for Wharfedale
79:00 Sub Off
Josh Burridge is substituted off for Wharfedale
78:00 Sub On
Rob Baldwin is substituted on for Wharfedale
78:00 Sub Off
Chris Walker is substituted off for Wharfedale
78:00 Sub On
Ben Sowery is substituted on for Wharfedale
78:00 Sub Off
Toms Asejevs is substituted off for Wharfedale
77:00 Sub Off
Adam Brown is substituted off for Hull Ionians
77:00 Sub On
Tom Peters is substituted on for Hull Ionians
76:00 Missed Conversion
Jack Blakeney-Edwards misses a conversion for Wharfedale
75:00 Try 24 - 12
Chris Walker scores for Wharfedale
74:00 Yellow Card
James Newman is yellow carded for Hull Ionians
68:00 Sub On
Ben Sowery is substituted on for Wharfedale
68:00 Sub Off
Ralph Wellock is substituted off for Wharfedale
65:00 Conversion 19 - 12
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
64:00 Try 19 - 10
Ally Forth scores for Hull Ionians
62:00 Yellow Card
Toms Asejevs is yellow carded for Wharfedale
60:00 Sub On
Jerry Turagabeci is substituted on for Hull Ionians
60:00 Sub Off
Billy Hardy is substituted off for Hull Ionians
58:00 Sub On
Ally Forth is substituted on for Hull Ionians
58:00 Sub Off
Tom Peters is substituted off for Hull Ionians
53:00 Conversion 19 - 5
Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Wharfedale
52:00 Try 17 - 5
Reece Ward scores for Wharfedale
50:00 Sub Off
Ben Whyte is substituted off for Hull Ionians
50:00 Sub Off
Steve Johnson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
50:00 Sub On
James Newman is substituted on for Hull Ionians
50:00 Sub On
Benjamin Bell is substituted on for Hull Ionians
End of period 1
39:55 Missed Conversion
Jack Blakeney-Edwards misses a conversion for Wharfedale
39:00 Try 12 - 5
Dan Stockdale scores for Wharfedale
38:00 Yellow Card
Joe Makin is yellow carded for Hull Ionians
35:00 Conversion 7 - 5
Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Wharfedale
34:00 Try 5 - 5
Dan Stockdale scores for Wharfedale
27:00 Red Card
Matt Houghton is sent off for Wharfedale
20:00 Sub Off
David Laverick is substituted off for Hull Ionians
20:00 Sub On
Ben Carlile is substituted on for Hull Ionians
12:00 Missed Conversion
Lewis Minikin misses a conversion for Hull Ionians
11:00 Try 0 - 5
David Laverick scores for Hull Ionians
11:00 Yellow Card
Chris Walker is yellow carded for Wharfedale
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Wharfedale
  • Hull Ionians
  • 0
  • David Laverick Try 11:00'
  • Chris Walker Yellow Card 11:00'
  • David Laverick Sub Off 20:00'
  • Ben Carlile Sub On 20:00'
  • Matt Houghton Red Card 27:00'
  • Dan Stockdale Try 34:00'
  • Jack Blakeney-Edwards Conversion 35:00'
  • Joe Makin Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Dan Stockdale Try 39:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub Off 50:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub On 50:00'
  • Ben Whyte Sub Off 50:00'
  • James Newman Sub On 50:00'
  • Reece Ward Try 52:00'
  • Jack Blakeney-Edwards Conversion 53:00'
  • Ally Forth Sub On 58:00'
  • Tom Peters Sub Off 58:00'
  • Jerry Turagabeci Sub On 60:00'
  • Billy Hardy Sub Off 60:00'
  • Toms Asejevs Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Ally Forth Try 64:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 65:00'
  • Ben Sowery Sub On 68:00'
  • Ralph Wellock Sub Off 68:00'
  • James Newman Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Chris Walker Try 75:00'
  • Tom Peters Sub On 77:00'
  • Adam Brown Sub Off 77:00'
  • Toms Asejevs Sub Off 78:00'
  • Ben Sowery Sub On 78:00'
  • Chris Walker Sub Off 78:00'
  • Rob Baldwin Sub On 78:00'
  • Josh Burridge Sub Off 79:00'
  • Joe Metcalfe Sub On 79:00'

Team selection

Smith, Callum Smith, Callum
Wilson, Sam Wilson, Sam
Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Hardy, Billy Hardy, Billy
Kuku, Toni Kuku, Toni
Stephenson, Tom Stephenson, Tom
Thomas, Adam Thomas, Adam
Falkingham, Edward Falkingham, Edward
Sanderson, James Sanderson, James
Whyte, Ben Whyte, Ben
Peters, Tom Peters, Tom
Makin, Joe Makin, Joe
Johnson, Steve Johnson, Steve
Brown, Adam Brown, Adam
Laverick, David Laverick, David
Wharfedale
  • 1. Toms Asejevs
  • 2. Dan Stockdale
  • 3. Reece Ward
  • 4. George Hedgley
  • 5. Richard Rhodes
  • 6. Matt Houghton
  • 7. Chris Walker
  • 8. Josh Burridge
  • 9. Phl Woodhead
  • 10. Jack Blakeney-Edwards
  • 11. Ralph Wellock
  • 12. Will Edwards
  • 13. Ben Blackwell
  • 14. Oli Cicognini
  • 15. Harry Bullough
  • 16. Jack Hirst
  • 17. Ben Sowery
  • 18. Rob Baldwin
  • 19. Joe Metcalfe
  • 20. Sam Gaudie

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull Ionians 30 113
2. Chester 30 109
3. Sedgley Park 30 101
4. Huddersfield 30 98
5. Tynedale 30 96
6. Fylde 30 93
7. Preston Grasshoppers 30 90

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