Sat. 13th September 2014. Northern Wanderers vs West End. Friendly. Home.
This was a difficult fixture for the Wanderers against opposition from a much lower league and the challenge was to work on structure and patterns of play and not try too much as individuals. The opposition turned up with 13 men which meant that players from Northern were lent to make up the numbers. The referee was sympathetic to West End and blew for half time on 31 minutes after trys and 7 conversions from Northern. Scoring sequence was tries from Dan Tiffin on 2 minutes, Barry Blackburn on 3 minutes, Dave O’Sullivan on 5 minutes and 9 minutes all converted by Spike Strang. Further scores were an unconverted try from Duncan Arnold on 15 minutes, a Dave O’Sullivan hat-trick try on 17 minutes converted by Spike Strang, an unconverted try by David Reah on 20 minutes, tries by Dan Tiffin on 23 minutes and Sean Lightfoot on 26 minutes converted by Spike Strang and a final unconverted try by David Bloxham on 31 minutes. Half time score: Northern Wanderers 64 – West End 0.
Northern played the last 10 minutes of the first half with 14 men due to a hamstring injury to Dave O’Sullivan and Dan Tiffin with an ankle ligament strain. They started the second half with 14 men as there were no more replacements and left West End with 15 men. This and a combination of poor handing by some of the Northern players slowed the scoring down in the second half, however Alan Douglas scored on 33 minutes, Sean Lightfoot scored his second on 41 minutes and David Bloxham scored his second on 46 minutes, both converted by Spike Strang. James Pattinson managed to hold onto the ball and scored tries on 48 and 58 minutes, the latter being converted by Spike Strang and Duncan Arnold scored the last try on 61 minutes before the referee blew for time. Final score: Northern Wanderers 100 – West End 0 (nil). Highlights of the half was a monster hit from lock Patrick Douglas on one of the West End players and some comical juggling by wing James Pattison whom seemed intent on not scoring against his former club. Credit must go to West End who continued to compete until the final whistle and praise to the Northern players for keeping focus over the whole game.
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