NATIONAL CONFERENCE LEAGUE DIVISION 3 @ KING GEORGE V PLAYING FIELDS
11 JUNE 2016 --- 2.30PM
|DRAGONS CELEBRATE VICTORY|
Weather watch was in play at base again with heavy rain the proceeding evening making rugby league a must again today and after last weeks one sided game at Dewsbury Celtic we opted to visit Eastmoor Dragons a club who had come up on the radar many times but we had never quite made it too. Strangely we had saved an easy visit for quite a while with just a short 15 minute walk from our summer departure point of Kirkgate station this is an easy ground to access.
Fellow traveller Mick has a Welsh cap, not in the international variety you see it was one he bought in a shop in Newtown Powys while it threw it down on a visit for a Welsh Premier League games last season and today was the chance for a re appearance of the 'Wakefield Brollies'. So called after a mad dash to purchase some on a visit to Horbury a few weeks ago. Thankfully though although raining heavily upon departure by the time we travelled through Sheffield it had turned into a dry scene.
|ELEVATED VIEW OF EASTMOOR DRAGONS CLUBHOUSE|
Back inside for a pint of pop and savoury snack while the ladies are stapling up todays programme which once again it has to be said is a sterling little effort, well done, we catch up with club Chairman Dave Roberts.
|SOME SUPERB HISTORY AROUND THE CLUBHOUSE|
Talking of kits I loved the Oldham St Annes kit which through the back of the number on the back of the shirt is the 'Saint' symbol reminiscent of Simon Templar from the famous TV programme.
|THANKS TO CALLUM CASHIN FOR THE 'SAINT' SHOT|
Last week Eastmoor suffered a narrow defeat at home to Gateshead Storm and their seemed a determination about the club to put any wrongs right against todays visitors Oldham St Annes.
To the game and by half time the home side were certainly in the ascendancy leading by 24 to 6.
Dragons tries came from Joe Burns, Danny Johnson, Mulcahy and Jamie Creed with the visitors effort from Callum Cashin an early 9th minute effort that at the time levelled the scores. As mentioned in the introduction Mulcahy converted all four for the home side, the latter on 33 minutes a superb kick off the left and Matt Whitehead added the 2 points to Cashin's effort.
After an energetic half time team talk for St Annes they came out with a real determination to get back into the game and pushed back Dragons getting a try within 5 minutes of the re start through Josh Denbeigh, Whitehead doing the necessary to make it 24-12. A little against the run of play on 54 minutes the lead was extended when Kevin Brown went over for Mulcahy to convert.
|OLDHAM WERE ON FIRE|
When the referee blew his whistle for time at just after 4pm the score line remained the same and we hade seen a tremendous full on affair that both sides deserve credit for and once again left both Oldham and Eastmoor with plenty of creditable things to take from the game.
Todays referee Adam Gill, if the NCL website is correct, was one of the younger up and coming officials under observation and supervision by a senior colleague on the touchline something that the blog had not come across before. Not easy to referee in any sport but we must try to encourage the new lads of course its not always easy in the middle of a game but without them the game will stop. Overall he got around the pitch well and believe me I'm always happy to be the right side of the barrier its a tough game on the pitch.
An enjoyable game which was mainly spent on the touchline side with the Oldham supporters and an encouraging bunch they were too with a quick return the direct way to Kirkgate we managed to catch a delayed train at 4.30pm arriving back in base station just short of 5.30pm.