Thornhill Trojans 14 Wath Brow Hornets 30

Thornhill Trojans 14 Wath Brow Hornets 30

By Andrew Byram
11 August
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Trojans defeated by league leaders

A hat-trick of tries from Wath Brow’s Karl Dixon condemned Thornhill Trojans to a not unsurprising defeat to the league leaders. With other results going against the Trojans, it is now going to take a minor miracle to save Thornhill’s Premier Division status.
On paper, this was the strongest Thornhill team which has been fielded for weeks. Although lacking the suspended Zach Johnson, the Trojans welcomed by Joel Gibson, Danny Ratcliffe and Luke Haigh. The return of these players could explain the competitive nature of Thornhill performance and that they managed to score some points for the first time in 3 games.
Man of the match for Thornhill was Casey Johnson back in the familiar loose forward position. Johnson worked tirelessly throughout on both attack and defence.
The visitors made a strong start to this game and broke away with a good attacking move in the game’s opening moments. Wath Brow broke down the wing, the ball was switched in field and Greg Howland finished the move with a try between the posts. Fran King converted.
Wath Brow continued to test Thornhill in the opening exchanges and once again they moved the ball out wide. A missed tackle gave Wath Brow the advantage and the Thornhill defence was caught out of position. Peter Caddy went over for an unconverted try out wide.
It was another missed tackle which presented the Cumbrian’s with their next scoring opportunity. Wath Brow attacked the Thornhill try line and a dummy resulted in a missed tackle. The try line was exposed ad Karl Dixon went over for a try. Fran King converted.
But it took the sin binning of Joel Gibson for dissent, to shake Thornhill into life and really begin to make an impression on this game. It was not long after Gibson had been shown a yellow card that Thornhill began to put Wath Brow on the back foot. With the try line in striking distance, Will Gledhill wriggled out of a tackle to score an unconverted try out wide. This score momentarily gave Thornhill a lift because shortly after Wath Brow once again broke up field. Karl Dixon was up in support of the move to take the final pass and cross for an unconverted try.
The second half got underway with Thornhill playing with some purpose. Liam Morley was instrumental in creating an attack for Thornhill as the ball was worked at speed along the line. Space was created and Jack Gledhill went over for a try in the corner. Joel Gibson converted and it looked as though Thornhill were back in the game.
However, Thornhill’s fight proved to be in vain when Greg Howland went over for an unconverted try in the corner.
This try was followed by Karl Dixon completing his hat-trick. The ball was slipped out of the tackle and Dixon took the ball to score in the corner. Fran King converted.
In the final act of the game Thornhill moved the ball out wide and Jake Ratcliffe picked out Jack Gledhill who scored an unconverted try in the corner.
This was a brave effort but they were ultimately beaten by a team with the title in their sights.
Thornhill Trojans 14
(Maroon & White)
1) Joel Gibson 1 Goal
2) Declan Kaye
3) Will Gledhill 1 Try
4) George Woodcock
5) Jack Gledhill 2 Tries
6) Liam Morley
7) Danny Ratcliffe
8) Jake Wilson
9) Luke Haigh
10) Anthony Harris
11) Jake Ratcliffe
12) Jamie Searby
13) Casey Johnson
14) Scott Green
15) Declan Tomlinson
16) Josh Riley
17) Joe Buggle

Wath Brow Hornets 30
(Black & Yellow)
1) Peter Caddy 1 Try
2) Gregory Howland 2 Tries
3) Fran King 3 Goals
4) Curtis Teare
5) Cole Walker –Taylor
6) Karl Dixon 3 Tries
7) Dean Rooney
8) Connor Molyneaux
9) Owen McCarthey
10) Callum Farrer
11) Nathan Lucock
12) Jamie Devine
13) James Dixon
14) Ellison Holgate
15) Greg Dawson
16) Lweis McCarron
17) Adam Ramsden

Referee – Gavin Houston
Sin Bin – Joel Gibson on 31 minutes doe dissent
Man of the Match – Casey Johnson & Ellison Holgate

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