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Development XV - Match centre

Wharfedale Foresters
Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
Full time
D Kay, B Asher-Wood, D Parker, J Murray
J Blakeney-Edwards
Mon 20 Nov 19:30 - League

Wharfedale Foresters 15 v 22 DMPRFC 2nds

On a wet and windy night at Threshfield, DMP 2nds did very well to hang on for a hard-earned victory.

Early exchanges were evenly contested and vigorous, and a home forward saw yellow within the first five minutes for over-exuberant rucking. It didn't prevent his side from taking the lead, however, as a well-struck penalty from 40 metres registered three points. The visitors had no intention of staying behind for long, and a sparkling run out of defence by fullback, Brandon Asher-Wood, set up the field position from which they went ahead, when right winger, Danny Kay, was on hand to finish off a fluent handling movement. Playing into the elements as they were, Mowden found it difficult to keep the home side from kicking to the corners, and they proved extremely resourceful in turning proximity into points. On 15 minutes, a messy line out still found its way into the home pack's hands, and a dart round the blind side found no one at home for a soft try. A superb touch line conversation allowed the home side to stretch the lead to five points, and 10 - 5 became 15 - 5 six minutes later when the visitors' defence failed to deal with a kick deep into their 22, and the left winger gleefully pounced on the loose ball for the try. Despite the rain intensifying, Mowden began to achieve more success with ball in hand, and when the pack eventually took the ball to the home line, Asher-Wood was able to force his way over from short range. 15 - 10 at halftime was a fair reflection of the way the game had gone, but with the visitors having use of the elements in the second period, hopes were high for a turnaround. They only had to wait five minutes to get their noses in front, as a powerful carry from inside centre, Danny Parker took him through several Wharfedale tackles for a score in the left corner. Fly half, Jack Blakeney-Edwards, improved the try with a great conversion kick, and the away side led for the first time at 15 - 17. The home side seemed to lose focus for the only time in the match, and as the visitors kept pushing, a somewhat disjointed handling movement wasn't snuffed out, allowing the ball to reach left winger, Josh Murray, who dived in for the bonus point score. A failed conversion meant the score remained at 15 - 22, so the home side knew a seven-pointer would give them a share of the spoils. They set about earning it with a furious assault on the Mowden line, and as the away side resisted, substitute flanker, Alex Dunne, was unlucky to be singled out for ten minutes in the bin for what was probably a team offence. Still the visitors refused to buckle, and although Wharfedale camped within the visitors' five metre line for the remainder of the game, staunch defence prevented them adding to their score. Fittingly, the full time whistle came as Mowden turned over the home side's final attack,fully deserving their hard-fought bonus-point victory.

Lee Ratcliff

Player of the Match

Lee Ratcliff

Key moments

10:00
Try Danny Kay scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
39:00
Try Brandon Asher-Wood scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
45:00
Try Danny Parker scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
46:00
Conversion Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
52:00
Try Josh Murray scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.

Highlights

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80:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
Lee Ratcliff is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
60:00 Yellow Card
Alex Dunne is yellow carded for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
52:00 Try 0 - 22
Josh Murray scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
46:00 Conversion 0 - 17
Jack Blakeney-Edwards kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
45:00 Try 0 - 15
Danny Parker scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
End of period 1
39:00 Try 0 - 10
Brandon Asher-Wood scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Danny Kay scores for Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
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As it happened

  • Wharfedale Foresters
  • Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C.
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  • Danny Kay Try 10:00'
  • Brandon Asher-Wood Try 39:00'
  • Danny Parker Try 45:00'
  • Jack Blakeney-Edwards Conversion 46:00'
  • Josh Murray Try 52:00'
  • Alex Dunne Yellow Card 60:00'

Team selection

Asher-Wood, Brandon Asher-Wood, Brandon
Kay, Danny Kay, Danny
Aspin, Greg Aspin, Greg
Parker, Danny Parker, Danny
Murray, Josh Murray, Josh
Blakeney-Edwards, Jack Blakeney-Edwards, Jack
Ratcliff, Lee Ratcliff, Lee
Duff, Rory Duff, Rory
Burke, Callum Burke, Callum
Hill, Will Hill, Will
Preston-Routledge, Dan Preston-Routledge, Dan
Vaioleti, Talite Vaioleti, Talite
Barron, Alfie Barron, Alfie
Poole, Jordon Poole, Jordon
Payne, Jack Payne, Jack

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