CONFERENCE CHALLENGE TROPHY RND 2 @ THE ARCHIE GORDON GROUND
18 JUNE 2016 --- 2.30PM
The tightest of games that had been well supported by the 'game of two halves' theory was settled in the home sides favour when Martin Loveridge secured a moments space for his drop goal with 4 minutes remaining to set of joyous scenes shortly afterwards.
Back at base the heavy rain had put much of the cricket in doubt and so happily we set off with rugby league on the cards again this time with a possibility of three fixtures on our way to Leeds. By the time we had arrived at base station though the decision was made to take in Marlins trophy game versus Holmfirth based Underbank Rangers. The journey was not an easy one due to an incident on the way to Chesterfield a detour via Barrow Hill added some time to the journey but luckily held up in the delay was the all stopping train to Leeds. We arrived at platform 17 and had plenty of time for the one o'clock train to Harrogate which would take us all the way over to platform 1!
|THE FORMER STATION BUILDING AT HEADINGLEY|
|MILFORD SPORT CLUB TO THE LEFT|
|WELL MANICURED PITCHES AT THE ACADEMY|
|THE ACADEMY TO THE REAR OF TODAYS ACTION|
|OVERVIEW OF THE ACTION|
Todays sides are warming up along with the referee and his 2 touch judges, just before the kick off Milford have the start of a glorified garage for final instructions and get together. This being an all first division trophy tie and the league fixture last weekend that saw Underbank win their home match and with a further enticement of both sides being on 12 points it looked a good game on the cards.
By half time the visitors had took their chances and led 12-0 against a home side who appeared off the pace. First over after 7 minutes was [number 20-not listed on t sheet] with a comfortable conversion from Richard Pogson. On the quarter of an hour mark great strength from Adam Ryder gave Pogson the chance for a second conversion, it was more remarkable in that it struck the left upright before flying across to hit the right post and dropping over!
|REFEREE NEVILLE HAS A QUICK CHAT|
|HALF TIME GATHERING FOR UNDERBANK RANGERS|
A wise choice on 55 minutes saw Pogson kick a penalty after referee Harry Neville had penalised Marlins for a high challenge, 6-14.
|TERRIER LIKE JOSH PARLE IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE|
As the game entered the final 10 minutes Marlins decided to kick a penalty and Loveridge was on target to excitedly pull the scores level. There was now an excitement from the home supporters that they were in the ascendancy however a drop goal from either side could win it.
|JOSH PARLE LOOKS UP TO REF HARRY NEVILLE|
|C'MON I WILL HELP YOU UP|
|WALKING BACK UP THE HILL TO THE CLUB|
Back at Headingley station we heard the sounds of the nearby Queenswood Cricket Club in action and observed a selection of allotments being tendered before we boarded our train back to the busy city of Leeds. With a comfortable train connection we arrived back over the Yorkshire border into base station at just before 1830.