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Malton arrived at Brinkburn showing two changes to last week's starting fifteen, one positional the other the introduction of local boy Tom Hoggard at fly half which proved pivotal.
With a very strong wind blowing in of the sea behind them it wasn't long before West played the territory game and camped in Malton's half showing their intentions with clever kicking and strong running from their backs allied to a strong link from the forwards via the no's 9&8 axis.
What possession Malton gained in the opening 20 minutes was prone to unforced errors with the midfield taking time to adjust to the short, snappy passes from the new no10. However on 14 minutes from loose play two good breaks from Sam Triffitt set up ball for Ben Tenge and in turn Ali Fothergill to feed Will Bell on the outside who needs no second invitation and motored through to score 5 points only.
Five minutes later West replied after sustained pressure on Malton's line and poor tackling gave their no4 an open run to the sticks for 7 points.
On the half hour with West dominating territory and possession they score a simple try setting up their no13 who strolled over unmolested for another 7 pointer.
To give Malton their due they stuck to the task and on 40 minutes Bell fielded a ball inside his own half and set up the try of the game cutting through the West defence, moving the ball to Fothergill who gained several hard metres, recycled the ball which was fed to Hoggard who showed us a glimpse of his potential by running at the opposition selling two dummies and gliding between two would be tacklers to score a solo try from 20 metres out for a 5 pointer to bring the half time score to14-10 in the hosts favour.
Malton opened the second half driving up to the West whitewash and on phase 6 Jack Hobbs powered over for a try under the posts for 7 points. An indication of the wind speed was demonstrated when the conversion cleared the clubhouse and bounced in the rear car park.
The following kick off was dropped and from the resulting scrum West's no 14 rounded his man for 5 points only, on 45 minutes.
Malton should now have played for territory with the following wind but failure to do so cost them dear and strong tackling by West kept all attacks at bay. On 60 minutes a fluffed kick from Malton fortuitously sat up for them and another break from Hoggard set up Bell who drew his man and with a sweetly timed pass set up Chris Joe to score a converted try and the try bonus point with it.
Twenty minutes to game manage and look for more points to seal the game by using the wind to drill the ball to the West corners and camp in their half seemed a simple task from the comfort of the stand but inexplicably Malton failed to do so and paid the price when on 73 minutes West found themselves again on Malton's line and scored via their forwards power for a bonus point converted try and a 2 point lead.
Malton had one last chance deep into injury time when camped on the West line and put together 15 or so phases and inched their way to the whitewash first left then right but patience ran out and an effort to go over the top to the line resulted in a knock on and on reflection a deserved 3rd season's win to the hosts.
Malton should learn from a tough lesson today in terms of game,territory, and decision management as we face a string of tough games starting with the league leaders York at home next week!
Malton: Will Bell, Ali Fothergill, Vus Dyantjies, Ben Tenge, Chris Joe, Tom Hoggard, Paul Angus, Nick Salisbury, Bailey Lamb, Rob Featherstone, Sean Emms, Jack Hobbs, Will Dunn, Tom Lowry, Sam Triffit(c).
Subs: Tom Barker, Pete Hopkins, (both used),
Sam Megginson (not used).
Scorers: Bell 1try, Hoggard 1try, Hobbs 1try, Joe 1try, Angus 2 cons.
Malton 2s lost 19-17 away at Beverley 2s
We Need more men at training this week we have 3 teams to select next Saturday...