In a game of 11 tries, sympathetically refereed, Northern came out on top due to their outstanding play for 60 minutes. When Malton misjudged the kick off Northern were immediately rewarded with a fine try from winger Paddy Fisher. Although Malton replied with a penalty Northern went further ahead with a powerful drive after a lineout for Matt Kaczmar to score, followed by two penalties from Donal Collins. A breakaway converted try from Malton did stem Northern’s flow but Northern were not to be denied and went further ahead after an adroit kick through by fullback Harry Clark was touched down by Dom Fawcett and converted by Donal Collins to give Northern a 25 – 10 half time lead.
With the elements in their favour Malton started strongly with a try from Nick Daley. James Hamer then pounced on a Malton dropped pass and after a sustained sprint of 50 yards scored a try which gave Northern a bonus point. From the restart good Northern tackling caused Malton to drop the ball allowing Alex Clark to pick up and after making 25 yards put Dom Fawcett away for his second try of the afternoon. Malton again reduced the arrears with an unconverted try but from the kick off Ollie Holtam plucked the ball from the grasping Malton hands and galloped over for Northern’s 6th try of the afternoon.
With James Hamer and then 10 minutes later, Ollie Holtam visiting the sin bin Northern played the last 20 minutes with only 14 men and Malton reduced their arrears with two further tries allowing them also to earn a bonus point (and keeping them 1 point ahead of Northern in the league).
Next Saturday Northern make their first league visit to Rochdale who have an excellent record at home so the improvement northern showed today will be fully tested.