DUDLEY K'FORD 15
SHEFFIELD TIGERS 18
FOLLOWING the team's encouraging display at Preston last weekend, there was an air of optimism at Heathbrook for this game against fellow strugglers Sheffield Tigers.
DK kicked off with the sun at their backs in front of a good expectant crowd. The home team made an encouraging start but were 3-0 down after three minutes, but quickly made amends with a kick from Kieran Pinches to level the score.
After 34 minutes Nat Mcdonald picked up an injury and was replaced by Ryan Smitherman and within two minutes of his arrival and with his first touch of the ball he scored.
Then Ashley Oyekan who breached the visitors' defence before off loading the ball to Ben Brown entering the line who in turn fed Ryan Smitherman to score wide out. The conversion was unsuccessful but DK led 8-3; though by half time it was 8-6.
DK started the second half with renewed vigour and were unluckily penalised at a line out on the Sheffield line. After four minutes DK replaced Al Francis with Matt Humphries. The referee Mr Kirby continually penalised the home side and following yet another decision in favour of the Tigers, in the 48th minute they yet again kicked for position.
This time they were able to reap the rewards of their decision. From the lineout the ball was driven over the DK line but the ball was held up. At the resulting five meter scrimmage, the Tigers worked the blindside for Rupert Broadly to score wide out. The try went unconverted.
DK fought their way back into the game and on 58 minutes were rewarded. A poor pass was fed along the ground where it was gathered by Ashley Oyekan who scored under the posts. Kieran Pinches added the extra points to make it 15-11 to DK
Frustratingly, after an hour's play Tigers were leading 18-15 thanks to a careless scrum and succesful conversion, and the final period was riddled with errors, resulting in no further scores. It's understandable both sides are propping up the league.