MALTON & Norton RUFC made it two wins from three matches in North One East with a 34-24 comeback win at home to West Hartlepool.

Looking to bounce back from last weekend's 52-24 defeat at Moortown, Malt introduced Chris Inman at scrum-half, Paul Angus back on the wing and Sean Emms made his first appearance of the season at lock.

The game at the Gannock opened with a West kick off, a Malton knock on, and the ball moved left from the resulting scrum for a routine seven-point score by the visitors, with Malton falling off the early tackles.

Two minutes later West's pack trundled up to Malton's line and forced over for another seven points.

The portents looked ominous for Malton but they gathered themselves together and soon had a penalty attempt pushed wide.

On 10 minutes Malton got on the scoreboard with a well struck penalty from Angus after two strong runs from Ali Fothergill, who has started the season in top form.

Two minutes later a routine attack was well finished by Vus Dyantes for the opening converted try.

On 15 minutes, West's dangerous looking number 10 limped off after showing his paces. Malton meanwhile had concerns of their own at scrum time being shunted off the ball three times on the trot.

On 22 minutes West were penalised for a high tackle and lost 10 metres for dissent. A lineout catch and peel followed for Tom Lowry to go over for five points only, but a one point lead after the shock of the opening four minutes.

Five minutes later West replied with a forward truck and drive and release to their backs for a called move, the full-back sweeping into the corner to complete his brace.

With the Malton back row working in harness and scavenging ball, a good converted try was worked for Fothergill after strong running from Will Bell to give Malton a three-point lead at half-time.

Seven minutes into the second half the West number seven bagged a yellow card and, from Malton's perspective, his overly long sojourn in the bin was useful.

The immediate result of the yellow card was two successive penalties to Malton and on the second chosen scrum, a pick-up by skipper Sam Triffit resulted in Fothergill barging over on 47 minutes for seven points.

West, restored to parity, kept Malton penned in their own half for 15 minutes with the penalty count creeping up but numerically lower than previous weeks.

On 65 minutes the hard working pick of the home pack Matt Bowman was shown a yellow card.

West capitalised and camped on Malton's line but were penalised for taking their own maul ball down and a relieving kick from James Bulmer saved the day.

On 70 minutes West were back in the zone and scored five points through a centre after moving Malton from side to side for several minutes.

Six minutes later Malton kicked for the corner and got their reward on 79 minutes after three minutes camped on the West line, the result an unconverted try for the ever-improving Will Bell.

That rounded off the scoring and gave Malton five league points.

On Saturday, they travel to Clifton Park to take on York.

Malton: Ali Fothergill, Paul Angus, Will Bell, Vus Dyantes, Joe Browne, James Bulmer, Chris Inman, Nick Salisbury, Bailey Lamb, Simon Thompson, Sean Emms, Charlie Read, Tom Lowry, Matt Bowman, Sam Triffit (c).