HUNSLET 10 – 06 GLOUCESTERSHIRE ALL GOLDS
The weather was the big winner as the All Golds and Hunslet fought out an attritional battle in the mud at South Leeds Stadium.
Just three tries were scored and there were no points at all in the second period as both sides struggled to control the ball in treacherous conditions.
Hunslet’s kicking game was the better of the two sides and it allowed them to dictate where the game was played particularly in the second period and though the All Golds had possession in the final few seconds it was on halfway rather than somewhere they could try to snatch the result.
Rain fell throughout the 80 minutes and the game began promisingly for the visitors who mounted the first attack though it came to nothing.
Hunslet were more incisive and they went ahead after five minutes through Cameron Leeming who bounced off Ben Stead’s attempted tackle to score out wide. Ansell added a fine goal for a 6-0 lead.
Thereafter it was a battle in the mud. Boots squelched through the morass and handling errors from both sides frequently turned over possession. It was Hunslet who were winning the battle for field position but, after the All Golds had resisted solidly, Ryan Ince scored an unconverted try.
As the half wore on, the All Golds slowly turned the tide and looked the better side, forcing Hunslet into errors and it was no surprise when Jordan Andrade forced his way over with five minutes to go to the break. Stead’s goal made the score 10-6 and that’s the way it stayed.
The second period could easily have passed for a re-enactment of a First World War battle minus the bullets and shells. The All Golds had the initial advantage, playing the game in the Hunslet half, though scoring opportunities were few and far between.
Then after a scrappy period with plenty of dropped ball, it was Hunslet’s turn to take control but again, they were unable to score though Leeming went very close being ruled held up over the line with ten minutes remaining.
In the final few minutes, the All Golds pushed for what would surely have been the winning score and had the possession but not the position to put serious pressure on the Hunslet line and when Mo Agoro was tackled on halfway with the last play of the game, a relieved Hunslet could celebrate a winning start to the season.
HUNSLET: Jimmy Watson; Marcus Webb, Cameron Leeming, Aston Wilson, Ryan Ince; Joel Gibson, Danny Ansell; Trae O’Sullivan, Jack Lee, Matt Carbutt, Jake Normington, Brooke Broughton; Liam Mackay; INTERCHANGE: Matthew Tebb, Brett Whitehead, Jose Kenga, Jack Walton.
Tries; Cameron Leeming (5), Ryan Ince (26)
Goals; Danny Ansell 1 from 2
ALL GOLDS: Josh Houghton; Mo Agoro, Billy Brickhill, Kadeem Williams, Brad Kislingbury, Ben Stead, Kieran Hyde; Ollie Purslow, Steve Parry (Capt.), Harry Kidd, Adam Jones, Joe McClean; Harrison Elliott; INTERCHANGE: Jack Mitchell, Jordan Andrade, Malikhi Lloyd-Jones, James Walter.
Tries; Jordan Andrade (35)
Goals; Ben Stead 1 from 1
Scoring sequence: 6-0, 10-0, 10-6, (HT), (FT)
Referee: Tom Crashley
Touch Judges: A. Haigh, D McNeice
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