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George Harrison on roll to ensure Malton & Norton scramble the points at Alnwick
10:41am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
With less than a minute gone, Malton flanker George Harrison set off on a run which took him through several tackles before side-stepping the full-back to score a great opening try.
Malt were then unfortunate not to extend their lead when a long-range penalty from Charlie Ramsay rebounded from a post. Both sides were playing an expansive game and it was Alnwick who struck next scoring in the corner to level.
The hosts then went ahead with a try from their right winger, but Malton were playing with great spirit and with the back row of Harrison, Tom Parsons and Sam Triffitt covering every inch of the ground, Malton were first to most breakdowns.
After turning over possession in midfield winger Henry Newitt made the initial break before handing on to Harrison who again broke two or three tackles to score. Ramsay converted for a two-point advantage at half-time.
When Alnwick were penalised for killing the ball at a ruck Ramsay made no mistake with an early second-half penalty.
Malton were playing the better rugby and, had some of the passing been more precise, could have added to Alnwick’s woe. Home skipper and former Malton player Ben Boothman was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Newitt and his absence gave Malt some respite at close quarters.
At an Alnwick line-out Malton’s Ali Coe stole possession and handed on to Harrison who put hooker Nick Salisbury in the clear to score from 20 metres out.
Alnwick countered to break the Malton defences to score wide out and add the conversion to bring the game within three points.
In the sixth minute of added time, Alnwick were inexplicably awarded a penalty in front of the Malton posts, but they spurned the opportunity of a draw, opting for a scrum.
But the Malton defence held and the final whistle heralded a deserved victory.
Harrison was the undoubted man of the match but others to shine were Salisbury, Coe, Parsons and Ian Cooke.
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