KINGSTONE PRESS CHAMPIONSHIP AT TETLEYS STADIUM
23 JULY 2017 --- 3PM
|TETLEYS STADIUM DEWSBURY RAMS RLFC|
Once again the showery rain forecast finally put me off a cricket fixture and the rain and transport experience would add to this day. The arrival at base station was by a late bus which had me worrying about the connecting train to Wakefield Kirkgate, my normally preferred choice of arrival in Wakefield even though the station is renovated there are still no toilets and the whole area outside is still a major work in progress that at last shows some 'work in progress' but not much. Its a very poor first impression of Wakefield and I guess once the area is regenerated it will be better but it seems to be taking a very long time.
|THE SMART NORTH STAND AT DEWSBURY|
|LARGE TERRACING OFFERING A COMMANDING VIEW|
|ROGER RAM ALWAYS UP FOR A PHOTO OP|
|A CLEAR AND VISABLE SCOREBOARD WHAT MORE CAN YOU WANT|
|WARM UP FOR ROBBIE WARD DEWSBURY RAMS|
|NO WAY THROUGH FOR THE EAGLES|
|TOBY EVERETT IS HELD UP ON HIS PROGRESSION TO THE LINE|
The second sin bin for the home side came when Jode Sheriffe saw yellow and Dewsbury would have to play out a man down. They dug in and defended their own 10 metre line with real determination as Sheffield tried to break through first one way then the other. During this passage of play though there was a superb breakaway sprint between Gareth Potts and 2 Sheffield defenders from his own 10 metre and frustratingly he was caught at the Sheffield 10. Defend they did though and with 5 minutes remaining Glover dove over for Sykes to convert and put the game beyond the visitors. More or less immediately Sheffield replied with a Reme Marginet try converted by Jack Owens to see the score finish 28-18 at the hooter.
|TWO WAY RESPECT HERE|
The dark clouds were gathering and with the 10 minute walk to Gawthorpe to catch the 5.15 service back to Wakefield the clouds burst heavily after 5 minutes of shielding under some trees with fellow spectators the downpour lessened and time was calling as well as a bus or so I thought. Having made it to the stop with 5 minutes to spare of course there was no shelter and 2 more short downpours later I was slightly wet. To add further frustrations the 268a decided not to turn up and after 20 minutes I made a short walk to a nearby stop to pop aboard a 127 that would travel back to Wakefield the long way through Ossett and Horbury. The decision was taken to depart at Westgate and board the X Country express service to Plymouth, thankfully with the famous station newsagent chain open there was time for a hoppers delight of 2 bars of chocolate, crisps and pop coming in at just short of a fiver!
On a day of transport delays the service back to base was slumbered its way to Rotherham before stopping and then again south of Sheffield it meandered into base station just short of 15 minutes down.
Once again a good day watching rugby league the crowd today were very encouraging for Dewsbury Rams and generated much support for the home side and at the end acknowledgment from the Rams players showed their appreciation for being the extra player on the terraces.