WHITEHAVEN 62 – 06 GLOUCESTERSHIRE ALL GOLDS
The All Golds were outclassed by a very strong Whitehaven outfit who scored eleven tries in racking up their highest score of the season so far. The comprehensive victory moves them above Barrow into second place in the table and keeps their promotion ambitions on course.
It’s always tough to come to the likes of Whitehaven. Their only loss so far this season was a narrow defeat to pace-setters Toronto Wolfpack and though the All Golds put in the effort, it was in vain against a bigger, more accomplished side.
The first half could have been worse, but equally could have been better. There were simply too many basic errors, which handed Whitehaven opportunities that they didn’t have to work too hard for and they took with indecent haste.
On the few occasions the All Golds found themselves in decent field position, there was little sign of them breaking through a solid defensive wall.
Brad Kislingbury looked the most likely to, while Courtney Davies probed without reward. Other high points were that Luke Stephens came on and made an impact at hooker while Steve Parry tried hard in the unusual position of scrum half.
‘Haven led 34-0 at the break having scored half a dozen tries with player coach, prop Carl Forster, a prominent force up front.
After an opening few minutes where the sides took a look at each other, ‘Haven got the scoring underway with a try by Jordan Burns from a neat offload by Chris Taylor after eight minutes.
Forster went over for the next try after having been held up over the line in the opening exchanges, before Steve Roper’s break down the middle sent Scott McAvoy in.
Elliot Miller touched down for the first of his hat-trick after Forster had again made inroads into the defence as the home side set off at the rate of a point a minute.
After that, the scoring eased off as ‘Haven began to lose focus but regained it with two tries before the break. The first, to Craig Calvert, was as soft as you’ll get as the All Golds lost the ball at a scrum and the winger was presented with a walk-in.
Then, after the half-time hooter had sounded, Forster again smashed through and Tommy Holland scored from his deft offload.
It was much the same story in the second half but the All Golds upped the physicality which resulted in more of a contest as well as the occasional confrontation.
After twelve minutes’ play, the scoreboard began to move again when James Newton showed the ball left then went right to go over from close in and then Miller got through the defence sending Jessie-Joe Parker in for a well-received try.
Dion Aiye then cut an unstoppable line to bring up the half century and from the restart Parker produced a perfectly timed pass to send Calvert away and Miller scored his second of the day.
The procession was momentarily halted as Davies’ chip over the top was misjudged by Calvert and Steven Nield was able to pick up the loose ball and send Mo Agoro in for his 13th League 1 try of the season.
‘Haven had the last word as Parker gave Miller his hat-trick and Paul Crook added his ninth goal to end a tough afternoon for the All Golds.
WHITEHAVEN: Elliot Miller; Craig Calvert, Jessie Joe Parker, Chris Taylor, Jordan Burns; Steven Roper, Paul Crook; Marc Shackley, James Tilley, Glenn Riley; Don Aiye, Scott McAvoy; Carl Forster; Subs: James Newton, Tom Holland, Connor Holliday, Aiden Worthington.
Tries: Burns (8), Forster (10), McAvoy (18), Miller (21, 70, 76), Calvert (35), Holland (40), Newton (52), Parker (59), Aiye (68)
Goals: Crook 9 from 11
ALL GOLDS: Jack Mitchell; Mo Agoro, Steven Nield, Brad Kislingbury, Chris Barlow; Courtney Davies, Steve Parry; Ollie Purslow, Billy Brickhill, Harry Kidd; Lewis Reece, Joe McClean; Chris Worrall; Subs: Brad Hargreaves, Harrison Elliott, Malikhi Lloyd-Jones, Luke Stephens.
Tries: Agoro (74)
Goals: Davies 1 from 1
6-0, 12-0, 18-0, 24-0, 28-0, 34-0, 38-0, 44-0, 50-0, 56-0, 56-6, 62-6
All Golds Man of the Match: Luke Stephens
Penalty count: 6-5
Referee: Nick Bennett