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Injury misery piling up for Malton & Norton
3:02pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
The Ryedale side managed to keep their hosts at bay for much of the first half, but their patched up squad were unable to repeat the previous weekend’s heroics against Wheatley Hills.
Going into the match missing a host of key players, Malton lost a further four players to injury, leaving them “in the midst of the biggest injury crisis anyone can remember at the club”.
West Hartlepool started brightly and Malton strayed offside, allowing the hosts the take a 3-0 lead with a penalty.
Malt forged back with some excellent picking and driving and swift handling, which caught West Hartlepool offside but Kenton Leiataua missed the penalty.
Shortly afterwards, Malt’s injury jinx struck again as Leiataua was forced to leave the field with a knee injury.
Skipper Sam Triffitt was next to need treatment off the pitch and it was to Malton’s credit that they managed to hold out to the half hour mark without conceding again. However, they lost possession following a lineout 20 metres out and Wests sliced through a makeshift defence for the opening try to bring their tally to 10 points. Five minutes later, they added to the visitors’ woe when they scored a try from a quickly-taken penalty. Then it was Malt’s turn to show their quality. A loose ball in midfield was whipped out to the right for centre Ben Woodhouse to make the break before passing on to wing Tom Newitt.
He out-paced the defence to score under the posts and Charlie Ramsay converted for a 15-7 deficit.
The curse struck Malton again as centre Pat Fifita limped out of the game with a torn hamstring.
With the game deep into first-half injury time, West Hartlepool touched down again for a converted try after a series of missed tackles.
Malt were also reduced to 14 men when scrum-half Tom Boyle was sin-binned just before the break.
The second half began with Wests in almost total control and they scored two quick tries to lead 32-7. Both sides were reduced in numbers for 10 minutes following an altercation but Malton struck when clean lineout ball from Tom Parsons was driven forward before going through several pairs of hands to reach Newitt, who scythed through for a try.
Ramsay again added the extras before hooker Alex Whittaker added to Malt’s woes by leaving the action due to a back injury.
The home side finished off two further chances to run out well deserved winners. Malton entertain newly-promoted Huddersfield YMCA at The Gannock on Saturday (3pm).
Malton: I Cooke, T Newitt, P Fifita, B Woodhouse, K Leiataua, C Ramsay, T Boyle, P Dobson, A Whittaker, S Thompson, S Emms, J Lumley, T Parsons, A Coe, S Triffitt. Subs (all used): S Stephenson, R Featherstone, T Clark.
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