1st XV lost away to league leaders Sheffield. . Match report thanks to Walter Ritchie.
On the way to Sheffield the 10 “alikadoos” enjoyed a Fortnum and Mason feast (as promised!!) supplied by Norman Lancaster and our latest recruit Richard Dalziel a friend of "Cookies" who in addition to providing the food and wine also entertained the lads on the return journey with one or new songs.
On a heavily sanded pitch and with a spate of yellow cards during the game all that was needed was the tannoy to blast out the songs from the Wizard of Oz!! However the wizard was the aging but extremely talented Sheffield fly half who conducted the proceedings to put Sheffield on the front foot. Northern got off to a poor start and were soon 7 points and a man down (yellow card). Although, with wind helping, Northern could not establish any continuity the tight was ok but in the lineout we struggled against their 6ft 10inch lock. Due to repeatedly falling off tackles Sheffield went further ahead with another converted try. Northern finally replied when Sam Wilson went over and Donal Collins converted .Sadly he then missed a penalty and an attempted drop goal. Sheffield reacted vigorously and with speedy attacks stepped on the gas and scored three tries, two of which were converted. To be fair to Northern the side was disrupted with a spate of injuries to Tom McCullough, Paddy Harper, Owen Clemett and even Paddy Fisher as a replacement. Northern did play better like last week against the wind but sadly every mistake resulted in Sheffield breaking clear and scoring virtually unopposed. Sheffield now suffering a spate of yellow cards wilted and Northern with a penalty try and a try from our new recruit Lester Bell, hopefully one of many in the future, went all out to get that 4-try bonus point. Sadly we lost the ball and with every player up in attack we conceded again to lose 21 - 47.
Not really a true reflection of the game and on the positive side it is the only the second time this season Sheffield have conceded 3 tries. It was great to see two old stalwarts now members of Sheffield namely Dave Watson and Alan Broomhead, who as a former junior coach presented a first team tie to one of his players on his first team debut."
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