Redcar Swamped As Westoe Wallow In The Mud
Eight tries sink Redcar
Thanks to Westoe’s Dave Barnes (a Redcar old boy) for this very accurate report, so no need for me to bother, all I can add is: Redcar Played extremely well at times and did have a few chance in the first 15 mins and fought till the final whistle, Steve Johnson had a stormer in defence and was unrecognisable at the end as you will see from the few photos I’ll post, all credit to all the team and especially to the veteran players who were dragged into service, three of who totalled in age to almost 150 years. I wish some of our younger players had the same commitment.
South Shields Westoe entertained Redcar on a clarty pitch in a fine, consistent drizzle.The conditions ran out winners in the early stages with both sides falling foul of inevitable handling errors and lost footings. It took eleven minutes for the first score, after an explosive run by Joe McKenzie bounced several tacklers off, before passing to Raymie Elliott who forced his way over for the score. 7-0
Westoe dominated the half and despite brave defending, a twenty metre maul followed by aggressive running from Derek Worthington led to a penalty. Opting for the scrum, Westoe attacked close; recycled ball from Joe McKenzie fed Sam Gaff, who chose to fly over the defence rather than through them. 14-0
The weather hampered any real expansive rugby; however Westoe controlled the tight, slowly working their way up the slope. Redcar defended with zeal and passion, but struggled to stay on the right side of the referee’s whistle, giving away fourteen penalties in the half.
Score number three came from a line-out infringement. Westoe opted for the scrum, Sam Gaff picked and ran laterally across the pitch, feeding Chris Judson who crossed for the score. 19-0
The bonus point score came on 35 minutes from another line-out, this time taken cleanly and driven across the line, Sam Gaff touching down for his second. 24-0
Half Time Westoe 24 Redcar 0
Straight from the restart, Westoe’s power came to the fore with Captain Andrew Kirton taking the ball and charging down the slope, offloading to John Younghusband who was stopped just short of the line, making 60m between them and looking akin to a pair of charging Hippos chasing a sandwich. Redcar killed the ball at the breakdown and the ensuing penalty was kicked to touch. Another clean take saw Ryan Lamb touching down for try number five. 31-0
Ten minutes into the half, Redcar’s sixteenth (and last) infringement gave Westoe another line-out and Redcar a yellow card. This time several close drives culminated in a Joe McKenzie touch down under the posts. 38-0
It was Westoe’s turn to fall fowl of the whistle; amazingly giving away ten penalties in a row, all in the visitors half and whilst in total control of the game. Redcar, however, managed to see out the last thirty minutes without a single penalty.
Westoe did manage to run in two further scores. The first came with a Jake Arnold break, gliding a full 60m down the hill. A long pass missed the target, but Luke Moffett grubbered the ball across the line for the score. 45-0
Redcar managed one last push against the home team, threatening a late score, but Westoe’s defence held firm. Rob Scorer picked and skittled several defenders in his path before being brought down. Quick recycled ball fed Richard Burrows who finished off with a solo, seventy metre run, bringing the final score to 52-0
Hats off to a Redcar side, who persevered throughout and competed every breakdown. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t match Westoe’s power up front on the day.