West Hartlepool power to big win

West score a try against Wheatley Hills
West score a try against Wheatley Hills
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After three defeats in a row, West got their season back on track with a seven-try demolition of Wheatley Hills.

The Doncaster side could only manage two penalties in reply as the Brinkburn side overcame an early onslaught to run in 47-6 winners.

They stuck to the game plan this week, and there were some much improved individual performances.

Skipper Danny Boatman led the way with two tries but this was a team performance from West who looked lively across the pitch.

Delighted coach Iain Dixon said: “We’ve had some soul searching after those narrow defeats and the lads responded very well.

“They stuck to the game plan this week, and there were some much improved individual performances specially in the backs where we always looked threatening. “Three of the next four games are away from home, so we have to maintain this form if we are to stay in contention at the top of the league.”

West set their stall out as early as the fourth minute when fly half Gavin Painter popped up a perfect pass to send Peter Youll racing through a gap to go in behind the posts.

Hills’ beefy pack responded by forcing West back into their 22 where exchange Spanish referee Joshua Bellido awarded them a string of penalties at the breakdown.

Kicker Owen Gillvray managed two out of three to bring the score to 7-6. But that was as close as it was to get as West sorted out their penalty infringements, and worked their way back into visiting territory.

Wheatley Hills gave away several penalties of their own with Peter Youll unlucky to knock on as he again went through a gap .However, play was brought back for a scrum fifteen metres out.

Flanker Aaron Myers broke and his deft pass out of the back of his hand sent Gavin Painter heading for the line.

He was tackled just short, but Chris Atkins was in support to dive over to set up a straightforward conversion for Painter.

West continued to press but had to wait until almost half time for Greg Edwards to score the try of the game.

He was almost stationary when he received a short pass from Gavin Painter just outside the 22. However, he sidestepped the first tackler and set off on a run to the posts which saw him evade three more tackles and then spin out of despairing last ditch effort as he went for the line.

Painter again converted to give West a 21-6 interval lead, and with the prospect of a try bonus point in the second half.

They didn’t have to wait long as Scott Butcher took advantage of a massive overlap to go in close to the left corner.

He was somewhat benefitted by Wheatley Hills committing four players to an altercation behind their own goal line, when Ryan Painter had clattered into fly half Gillvray as he was in the process of charging down a clearance kick.

The referee saw nothing wrong in the challenge, and when the kick failed to find touch West ran it straight back along the line to give Butcher the easiest of run-ins.

Gavin Painter again converted, however he did miss with his next attempt after brother Ryan scored. West had pushed the Hills pack back at the scrum with Boatman breaking off and timing his pass to send the scrum half in at the corner.

The West skipper got the first of his brace on 68 minutes. It came after the visitors had lost flanker Rob Blunden to the sin bin for a tip tackle as Hills desperately their line.

Boatman again broke from the base to send Ryan Painter away, and as he was tackled into touch he passed back inside to the skipper to dive over. Gavin Painter provided the conversion from the touchline, and he did so again when Boatman completed the scoring four minutes from the end.

It came after West were awarded a penalty ten metres out. Myers took a quick tap and went over,but the referee ruled he hadn’t taken it from the right place so West opted for a scrum.

They trundled their way over the line for the West skipper to have the simple task of touching down with Painter completing an excellent kicking performance.

West: Luke Mallinson, Joe Willis, Greg Edwards, Peter Youlll, Scott Butcher, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Michael Hogan, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Owen Bennett, Jie Rafferty, Chris Atkins, Aaron Myers, Dan Boatman (captain).

Reps - all used. Liam Bailey, Anth Carr, CeeJay Beales. Tries: Youll, Atkins, Edwards, Butcher, R Painter, Boatman (2).

Cons: G Painter (6)

Wheatley Hills: Stephen Devine, Marty Hall, Liam Butler, Paul Purnell, Reece Garbutt, Owen Gillvray, Ian Barker, Reese Norton, Sam Kerry, Brad Stephenson, Dan Undy, Neal Dunn, Trent Bennett, Rob Blunden, Tom Buckenham.

Reps- all used: Jack Calver, Jacob Bailey, James Marks. Pens: Gillvray (2) Yellow: Blunden

Referee Joshua Bellido (Catalonia)