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North One / Coaches hissie-fit. Quiz time!
« on: January 13, 2019, 07:40:12 AM »
At a recent N1E match a reserve prop twisted his ankle in the warmup. Just one of those things.

However a certain opposition coach storms into the referees room squealing that his team should be awarded the points for the game before it has kicked off.

He was stamping his feet up and down claiming he had picked a team to scrummage the other team off the park and any chance of uncontested would disadvantage them. The ref brushed him off and told him to get on with the game.

As it happens the team with the injured sub went on to destroy the squealing coaches set scrum at every set piece!!

Schadenfreude!

So anyone care to guess which club the squealing coach is from??


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North One / The run in...another bold prediction.
« on: January 13, 2019, 07:29:34 AM »
I predict that Morpeth will win the league.... And no this isn't some clever gamesmanship, I'm going to back up my claim.

Firstly I am going to discount injuries from my thoughts, simply because no team knows what's going to happen week to week on that score. We are currently struggling with that ourselves and had a disrupted pack yesterday.

So why Morpeth? Well I think their big win away at B&B probably handed them the title yesterday..I wasn't expecting that at all.

The main reason is their home form and the run-in they have.

They have played 9 away games and only 7 home games.

Their remaining away matches are:
Cleck
West Leeds
Pock
Consett

I don't see a loss there and they are unbeaten at home.

If you compare that with Scarborough's away matches:
Morpeth
York
Driffield
Morley
Malton

....you'll see why I think Morpeth are in the driving seat.

Obviously next Saturday now has greater significance but a Morpeth victory will hand them the title.






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North One / Another Bold Prediction - West Leeds will stay up
« on: January 07, 2019, 06:50:34 PM »
I'm hearing that WL have made a number of signings and I now expect them to stay up with ease.

When will they next lose a match???

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North One / Disciplinary question
« on: January 06, 2019, 07:51:58 PM »
Reading the Morpeth v Malton match report on the Malton website (not a bad effort by Malton btw) I note that Morpeth were awarded a red card.

It made me think about the disciplinary process. Am I right in thinking that the Morpeth player will be dealt with by a D&N disciplinary committee. Whereas a Yorkshire team in N1E will be dealt with by a Yorkshire committee. Ok I might be wrong and therefore my point is invalid.
However if I'm right.....

How can it be right and equitable that teams in the same league are dealt with by two different disciplinary processes. It just doesn't make sense.

Before I comment further can someone confirm if this is correct???


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North One / Morley spank York.
« on: January 06, 2019, 07:13:56 PM »
Karl Bradshaw gets hat trick in 39 - 19 victory
Superb start to 2019 – Morley score 7 tries in an sparkling display

Morley made the best possible start to 2019 with a 5 point win at fifth placed York. A hat trick of tries from right wing Karl Bradshaw, a brace from Thomas Isherwood who was selected at left wing and a try each for Sam Brown and Luke Bradley gave Morley a 39 – 19 victory over York.

The return of Chester, Ellis and Richmond gave Morley much needed experience and they played with confidence and zip from the very start. The continued good form of Kenneally allowed Stephens the opportunity of playing him at fullback and giving Isherwood a chance on the left wing. The return of Tom Richmond allowed Mick Shannon the rare luxury of a week off to recover from illness with Sam Brown moving into 2nd row and Kerry Wood wearing the number 6 shirt.

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Morley kicked off uphill and made their intentions clear from the very start when Karl Bradshaw made a determined run through the midfield shrugging off several would-be tacklers. The first score came from a break by Chester on the halfway line. Kerry was in support and released Sam Brown from the York 22 for a lung bursting run to score in the corner after 4 minutes.

The initial stages of the game were played in mid-field with defences on top. Morley were fortunate when a penalty attempt went wide on 8 minutes but Morley were beginning to turn the screw in the scrum. Sewell’s pressure on the York 8 nearly led to Kerry stealing the ball, but he could not quite hold onto the ball.

However, the Morley supporters did not have to wait long for the next score. Isherwood made the initial yards up the left touch line before Sewell and Chester found Baylis in the centre. A delightful dummy and pass gave Kenneally a chance to score from the 5m line, but he played safe and passed to Bradshaw on the right wing to go over on 15 minutes. Although converting only 5 of the 7 tries, Isherwood’s excellent touchline conversion pushed the score to 12 -0.

Morley continued to press but York did very well to defend their 5m line and gradually fought their way into the Morley 22. York for the first time began to exert sustained pressure on Morley and Morley suffered 2 yellow cards in two minutes, 24 and 26 minutes into the game. The first to hooker Jacob Percival was unlucky as he went to tackle the ball carrier at a lineout; the second to prop Greg Jones was a little more deserved! Fortunately Morley had 2 adequate replacements with hooker Simon Ridgway and prop Tom Wall. However, defending with 13 men was always a tough call and scrum half Toby Atkin went over untouched for York’s first points from a 5m scrum on 27 minutes. Fullback George Davies kicked the extra two points to narrow the gap to 12 - 7.

York were unable to build on this score and despite having only 13 men. Morley took the game to York. Isherwood charged up the left wing to relieve the pressure on Morley and Harrison Baylis forced a turnover in midfield. He hacked the ball on for Chester to collect and pass to Isherwood who ran along the York 5m line outpacing the defence for a memorable try on 31 minutes.

York tried hard in the remaining period of their numerical supremacy, but Morley held out well. It was disappointing then, when back to full strength a straight forward attack by York found a huge gap in the Morley defensive line and stand-off Liam Hessay was able to glide in for York’s second try on 39 minutes. The conversion was successful and York went in only 14 – 19 down.


Morley appeared undaunted by the last minute try and aided by the slope attacked from the re-start. Kenneally and Bradshaw did well on the right before a dazzling piece of footwork from prop Dan Percival launched an attack down the centre. Sam Brown continued the move before Ellis and Baylis transferred the ball to Isherwood on the left wing. Isherwood tried a chip and chase. York looked to have it covered but Isherwood’s pace and pressure forced the ball free for Luke Bradley to pick up the ball and go over for Morley’s 4th and bonus point try on 44 minutes.

York hit back immediately. A penalty catch and drive was well co-ordinated by York and backrow Luke Stockton claimed the try on 48 minutes to bring the score to 24-19 in Morley’s favour.

However, York now began to tire playing up the slope. Following forward charges from Jones and Ridgway in the centre the ball was quickly move out to Isherwood on the left wing. Another sparkling run from halfway took him deep into York territory and another chip caused panic. Although Isherwood appeared to be tackled late, Karl Bradshaw was on hand to finish off and score his second try on 53 minutes to move the score onto 29 – 19.

Bradshaw brought up his hat trick in an unconventional way for a winger. Following an inch perfect kick to touch from Chester, Morley went for a catch and drive attempt. York did well to hold the first and second phase drives from Morley, but here was nobody to stop Bradshaw going over at the side on 62 minutes.

Both sides continue to play good rugby in the last quarter, but it took a classy finish from Isherwood to turn pressure into points in the final minutes with a determined try on the left touch line beating off two defenders to bring the score to 39 - 19.


Morley will be well pleased with their performance and the result of Saturday’s match. A couple of players may return for next Saturday’s match which will give head coach Stephens just the sort of problems he likes.

The next match is at home against Pocklington with a 3.00pm kick off.


Good match report from the York Web site is printed below.
(He has the sequence of tries wrong. Morley got their 3rd try after York’s 1st try)
There are also some photographs on the York web site by Rob Long.

http://www.yorkrufc.co.uk/photos/york-v-morley-5th-january-2019-857219.html


Reversing the result from earlier in the season, York had a bad day at the office.
Match Report by Joseph Maud.


York RUFC 19 vs Morley RFC 39

January 5th and York welcome Morley RUFC to Clifton Park where there is a chill in the air but the conditions for free flowing rugby are excellent. York included three players new to the 1st XV this season - Will Scholey returning from Otley, former Colts Joe Simpson and Freddie Smith, a young man who has been performing well for the second team all season.

Morley started the game and Luke Stockton took the ball very well and set up for York to exit their half. However, good Morley pressure on the York 10 resulted in a poor kick, allowing Morley to gather the ball and attack York. Morley built some very good phases of play and looked dangerous, spreading the ball left and right, but for now, the York defence hold strong. The attack came to an end when the evergreen Andy Ellis of Morley carried the ball forward, but was held up by York’s Will Scholey and York were awarded the scrum.

Most the game was being played in the middle of the field, with both teams looking like they needed a bit of fortune to break the deadlock. Morley had a lineout on the halfway line; there was good pressure in the lineout from York’s Lewis Hannibal forcing Morley to spill the ball backwards. The Morley prop was first to react and gather the ball. Morley recycled well and the ball was spread into the hands of Mark Chester who found his inside centre Andy Ellis running a great line and splitting the York defence like the Red Sea. He found a great offload to Morley’s scrum half, who then made the final pass to allow a Morley try in the corner. The conversion was missed from out wide; York 0 – Morley 5.
From the restart York gathered the ball and started to build pressure. Strong carrying from both Darren Rutherford and Shane Goulding took York forward and forced Morley into giving away a penalty. York opted to go for goal, but the kick by George Davies was pushed wide.

The game continued with neither team really grabbing a hold of the tie and possession of the ball swung from side to side. This all changed when a bit of class came from the Morley back line. They spread the ball to the left touchline, before some great hands and running lines back across the field left the York defence confused and the Morley right winger scored in the corner. This time the conversion was successful and Morley lead 0 -12. Morley then gathered from the kick off and scored almost straight away off the back of some poor York defence. This looked like it could be a tough day for the home side; York 0 – 19 Morley.
York started to grow into the game - again with strong carries from Luke Stockton and the excellent Shane Goulding. This resulted in Kerry Wood of Morley doing what he does best and trying to slow the York ball down by lying on the wrong side. However, the referee saw what he was up to and awarded York the penalty. York kicked to the corner and drove from the lineout. The maul was collapsed by Morley hooker Jacob Percival and the referee asked him to take ten minutes rest with a yellow card. York kicked to the corner again and from the lineout formed the driving maul. Again this is brought down by Morley and one of their props is sent to join Percival in the bin; Morley are down to 13 men. From the resulting penalty, York took the scrum. Shane Goulding picked up from 8 metres and offloaded to York’s craftiest of veterans, Toby Atkin who crossed the whitewash to open York’s scoring. George Davies kicked the conversion. 7 – 19.

With a 2 man advantage, York started to dominate the game. Sam Forbes, filling the 12 shirt to the absolute brim carried well and was held up just short of the line. York were awarded a 5 metre scrum. From the base, Toby Atkin passed to Liam Hessay who found a small gap and crossed just to the right of the posts to score. Conversion was again successful from George Davies; 14 – 19 at half time.

After a promising start to the second half for York, it was Morley who got the first score. A clever chip and chase from their left winger left the York defence scrambling back. York’s Rich Downey did very well to get back and cover, but was beaten by an offload and Morley scored their bonus point try. 14 – 24.York restarted and some solid work on the ground from Darren Rutherford won York a penalty. They kicked to the corner again and set up the driving maul. This time Morley cannot bring it down and Luke Stockton latched onto the ball and got over for the score. The conversion attempt is unsuccessful and York now trailed 19 – 24. That was York’s final score of the day and it seemed that they had run out of steam. Morley really got a grip of the game and started dominating possession, going on to score a further 3 tries. The final score for the game was York 19 – Morley 39.

A very disappointing day at the office for York, who are still waiting on several senior players to return and help boost the squad. However, take nothing away from Morley, they were strong across the whole team and fully deserved their victory.

photos : http://www.yorkrufc.co.uk/photos/york-v-morley-5th-january-2019-857219.html
Updated 13:21 - 6 Jan 2019 by Ian Coe

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North One / Big hit diaries
« on: January 06, 2019, 06:24:40 PM »
Nice hit from yesterday's match.... anyone any idea what the penalty is for???

https://twitter.com/Campbellrugby/status/1081929591151841281?s=09

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North One / Scores
« on: January 05, 2019, 03:03:29 PM »
Cleck 6 - 10 Scarborough HT

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North One / Two bold predictions
« on: January 03, 2019, 04:16:22 PM »
I'm going to stick my neck out and make the following predictions:

1) The final top two will include a team not currently in the top four (and possibly both)

2) Whichever team is top of the league at the end of January will win the league.

Scarborough have a rock hard start to the New Year with Cleck and Morpeth away and YM at home. There is every chance we could play 3 and lose 3 and be down to 6th place - its that tight.


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North One / MOVED: Appeal for Yorkshire farmers
« on: January 03, 2019, 06:08:08 AM »

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Miscellaneous Chat / Appeal for Yorkshire farmers
« on: January 02, 2019, 08:37:41 PM »
DAA has contacted me and asked that we all spare a thought for hard up Yorkshire farmers who are battling tough times. The uncertainty surrounding the investment market at present has resulted in many farmers reserves dropping from 8 figure sums to 7 figure sums.

DAA has suggested that anyone with a local government pension (you know the ones, short days,long lunches, Flexi off but never Flexi on, retire at 50, go back at 50 and 1 day, final salary pension worth 25 times what was paid in, gold watch blah blah) should contribute at least 25% of their income (i.e. our taxes) to allow farmers to continue to live in the standard of life they are accustomed to....which is still lower than a retired local government worker - who did a job that wasn't needed!


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North One / Debate rages at Malton
« on: January 02, 2019, 12:08:02 PM »
I have it on good authority that there is a battle for the soul of Malton RUFC. Half of the those that matter want the club to make mass signings from the townships of South Africa (on 6 month tourist visas) in an attempt to stave off possible relegation.

Whilst another faction of influence in the club are of the opinion of "been there, done that" and want to rely on the current players....

Who will win? Keep an eye on the team sheet for the answer....

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North Premier / Harrogate - lessons from history.
« on: December 27, 2018, 08:30:48 AM »
Whilst I accept this is very old news..it still makes fascinating reading. It's almost a textbook example of utter incompetence in the management and governance of a sports club. However when you cut past all the in's and out's of the property company...the root of the problem was "debts built up over a number of years".

If you can be bothered it's worth a read....

https://www.harrogate-news.co.uk/2011/05/17/council-urge-crest-homes-to-accept-rugby-club-offer-for-grounds/

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North One / 2018 round up and Merry Christmas
« on: December 23, 2018, 08:35:30 AM »
Firstly Merry Christmas to all forum members and especially those who post regularly. Your contributions continue to ensure that YR.net remains the largest and most vibrant independent rugby forum in England. We have an incredible wide range of members from very senior RFU officials all the way down to the very bottom like builders mate (😁😁😁, let's see if he's got a sense of humour). This is the 'must-go' to medium for all the latest information, background chat and revelations...let's keep it up for another year.

As for N1E... Morpeth finished the year yesterday with a fine win away at Driffield.

Regarding the league table I don't think there will be many people who would have expected at Christmas to have Scarborough sat at the top and Brid and West Leeds in relegation positions. However enjoyable as it is to sit at the top it will be undeniably hard to stay there. Scarborough have the hardest of starts after Christmas beginning with an away trip to resurgent Cleckheaton who, reading their last match report, seem to have signed a number of players from neighbouring clubs. Their win away against B&B shows that they will be a force. However B&B will still get stronger, whilst YM and Morpeth continue to push. I have no confidence what's so ever that the top two places will definitely come from the current top four. The league is so tight it is only going to take a team to hit a bad patch to drop a number of places in the league. York will recover and have a charge as their injuries return.

As for the bottom, it's unlikely that Consent will survive although they will win more games at home. West Leeds have an almighty fight on their hands to stay up and having lost a few players might benefit from regrouping in Y1. Brid will have to be much better than they were at Silver Royd if they are not going to avoid the drop. Their discipline is very poor and Tbh, they were probably the weakest team (on the day )that we have played. However I don't think Brid will go down, besides we want them beating some of the top teams not giving up and dropping a division.

There is then four or five (or more) teams above the drop who could easily be dragged into a relegation fight or alternatively motor on up the league.

Of the 5 promotion/relegation places the only one I will predict with a degree of certainty is (sadly) Consent will go down.

Heres to an exciting, intriguing and competitive 2019 with lots of good rugby and even more good chat!

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Miscellaneous Chat / Forum problems - am aware and we are working on it
« on: December 17, 2018, 09:09:22 PM »
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