The anxiety of being relegated pervaded the club on Saturday and unfortunately it manifest itself within the team and although they started well the constant season’s weakness of being unable to cross the try line once again raised its ugly head. Northern’s game had what might be described as having a sexual content in that they kept coming from behind!! Wheatley Hills broke away and after a great run by their right winger, Worrincy, they scored wide out – converted by Sanderson. Northern were not to be denied and Alex Clark forced his way over and once again the extremely reliable Donal Collins converted to level the scores. Half time 7 – 7.
Throughout the second half, although Northern seemed to hold the upper hand, it was Wheatley Hills who went ahead with a Sanderson penalty. Donal again levelled the scores with a Northern penalty only for Worrincy to score again after a 40 metre run. Once more Northern were not to be denied and were rewarded with a fine try by Jon Coffey, again improved by Donal.
Needing to win this game Northern pressed and pressed but the season’s Achilles heel persisted and although held up over the line twice Northern could not score.
Wheatley Hills, with a number of old heads in their pack, frustrated Northern by means both fair and foul giving away penalty after penalty. Much to Northern’s relief they eventually transgressed under the posts and, hey presto, Donal knocked the penalty over to make the final score 20 – 17 to Northern.
Like many games this season Northern once again flattered to deceive but on this occasion they came out on top. Relegation is now a long lost memory!
On a happy note another son of a distinguished Northern winger, namely Jamie Pattinson, made a most promising debut for the 1st XV, especially considering that he had flown in late Friday night from Las Vegas!! Travelling up from Scarborough pales by comparison.
Another season which at times promised much is completed next Saturday with a trip to West Hartlepool. It’s not too late to support the lads so why not jump into your car and come down? Yes not as attractive as the Yorkshire Wolds but nevertheless your presence will be very welcome.