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Tide turning as Malton and Norton bag victory
2:57pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Sport
There was also a two-try display from York City Knights rugby league star George Elliott as the Ryedale side won 39-20 at The Gannock.
Malt’s injury crisis is finally showing signs of abating and they got the better of a committed but one-dimensional Crossleyans outfit.
The home side gained the advantage from the kick off and saw a long-range James Bulmer penalty just fail to reach its target in the first minute.
Crossleyans responded quickly and had the first score on the board when Malton were caught offside at a ruck after eight minutes.
A good period of play from Malton, with some good handling and ball retention by forwards and backs alike took them to within five metres of the visitors’ line.
Harrison – back in the side along with Alex Whittaker and Ali Coe – finished off the move with his first try and Bulmer converted to give Malton a slender lead.
Minutes later, hooker Whittaker was sin-binned for a technical offence and Crocs took full advantage with a try from the resultant scrum.
Back to full strength, Malton’s forwards showed some excellent handling and ball retention skills and they worked the position for Harrison to get his second try. Bulmer again added the extras.
An unconverted Crossleyans try cut Malton’s half-time lead to 14-13, but seven minutes after the restart Sean Emms won a Crossleyans lineout throw and Paul Dobson drove forward before Elliott crossed for a good try.
At that stage, Malton were in command and playing some very good rugby, forcing Crossleyans into errors and conceding penalties, one of which saw Bulmer increase the lead.
Then Malt skipper Sam Triffitt stole the ball in a tackle on half way. A loose hack through was followed by Ian Cooke, who hacked on twice before winning the foot race for the touchdown.
When Malton lost Ali Coe to the sin-bin, the visitors again took advantage of their extra man with a converted try.
Malton quickly ended hope of a comeback, from a scrum on their own 10-metre line.
Quick hands got the ball to Elliott, who broke a couple of tackles in scoring from 60 metres out. Bulmer converted.
With time running out, Malton struck again.
A lineout on the visitors’ line developed into a maul. When the ball was freed and chipped through, Harrison followed up to round off a heartening display.
Harrison was the outstanding player on the pitch, but had close competition from Cooke, Coe, Triffitt, Whittaker and Parsons.
Malton travel to Northern on Saturday.
Malton: J Bulmer, N Daley, I Cooke, G Elliott, R Dempsey, C Ramsay, T Boyle, P Dobson, A Whittaker, S Thompson, S Emms, A Coe, T Parsons, G Harrison, S Triffitt. Subs (all used): J Rounthwaite, N Salisbury, G Nutt.
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