Weekend Review – 6th September 2021
What a weekend. Phew! For the majority of our teams, it was a great weekend. Only three defeats out of eleven fixtures is a great return. There are full reports on most of the games covered below, click the links to reach these.
Beverley Town continued their long-running unbeaten streak in the league with a 4-2 victory away at East Riding Rangers. Previously, Mike Thompson’s side had lost their winning run with a 2-2 draw against South Cave. This fixture looked to be heading in a similar direction 2-2 at half-time, goals from Adams and Bowes for Town and a brace for Nezaj of Rangers. It took until the 75th minute for the sides to be separated again with substitute Waudby restoring the visitors lead. A late Adams second made sure of the win for Town.
North Ferriby made it four wins in a row to maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a hard-fought victory at Swallownest on Saturday. The Villagers were on top in the first half but an own goal and scrambled effort in the second half made the game a closer call than it should have been. Mark Chestney was watching Swallownest 2-3 North Ferriby.
Hall Road Rangers have had a mixed start to the season and in recent weeks received some large defeats. Saturday was their second victory in a row following a late winner in midweek over Clipstone, 3-2. This time it was far more convincing for Leon Sewell’s side. Oliver Harsley reported on Hall Road Rangers 3-0 Teversal.
Hull City Ladies have only picked up one point so far this season. Sunday afternoon was a trip across to Fylde, a fixture last season the Tigress’ were disappointed not to get a result from. It was not forthcoming as the hosts took the lead from a half-cleared corner midway through the first half, their advantage was doubled from the penalty spot five minutes later. It stayed 2-0 to Fylde until the second half. As Costello’s side pushed for a way back into the game, goalkeeper Cooke pulled off some great saves, however, she was unable to prevent the third and final goal as Fylde scored on a breakaway. Fylde 3-0 Hull City Ladies.
Beverley RUFC returned to action after an 18-month layoff due to the global pandemic. This was almost well worth the wait with Beverley cruising to an excellent victory over Old Rishworthians. Malcolm Cunningham saw the hosts run in seven tries in the 50-21 win.
Beverley ARLFC finally got a win for the first time since the second league game of the season. It could have all gone wrong like so many times before. 12-0 just before the half-time hooter was suddenly 12-12 at the break after two late tries from the Dockers. Tony Spence’s men could have capitulated at this point, instead stepping up another gear holding the Hull side to nil while advancing to 30 points of their own including a Miller hat-trick of tries. Nick Robinson reports on Beverley ARLFC 30-12 Hull Dockers.
It was a golden point drop-goal that broke Hull FC’s hearts at Magic weekend. Like so often the Black and Whites were the stronger side during the first period, leading 16-14. Hull furthered their lead through a Connor try. FC tired as the half went on, chances came and went for both sides. A late try from Broadbent for the Rhinos levelled the game up. As the extra time loomed it became a competition of who can find field position for a drop goal. This continued into extra time, Leeds missing two and Hull had two charged down. Eventually, Leeming who had been covering half-back for much of the game scored for the Rhinos: Hull FC 24-25 Leeds Rhinos.
Hull KR had a chance to save their playoff hopes and end a poor recent run. Early pressure and opportunities were not converted into points for the Robins. Against the run of play bottom of the table, Leigh scored first. It did not last as Crooks, against his formers side and Vete scored a try each just before halftime. Second half was not as frustrating for Tony Smith’s men as they ran in a further six tries, whilst limiting Leigh to just the first-half try. Hull Kingston Rovers 44-6 Leigh Centurions.
Beverley Town CC continued their imperious form with another win away at Pickering. The hosts were put in to bat first, amassing 183 runs from 45.1 overs. Bowes, 62 top-scored with the bat. Beverley bowlers each pitched in with at least one wicket. Haytack and Roe both took three wickets, Mudd removed both the openers for his two, Franklin and Dale had one apiece. Season top scorer Hatfield reached 39 and was joined by number three, Dale who reached 52 before being bowled. The middle-order struggled as Town crept over the line for a three-wicket win.
Driffield Town CC had a very important weekend. First fixture was a relegation battle at home to Stamford Bridge. The hosts chose to bat first reaching 260, captain Drury who has had a fantastic season, scored 62, Ranasingha pushed to 65 from 54 and Hardgrave also reached a half-century. For much of their innings, Stamford Bridge looked in the driving seat. Wickets tumbled quickly towards the tail of the batting order. Drury again leading the way with four wickets, fellow half-centurions Ranasingha and Hardgrave both took two wickets, as did Anson as Town reached a significant 12 run victory.
Unfortunately, there was not any information given for the Viking Cup final but Driffield lost by 7 wickets to Appleby Froddingham in a disappointing result for the Yorkshire side. Watch the full final on YouTube – Driffield Town vs Appleby Froddingham.
Report by: Simon Bromwich