Friday, 05 February 2016

Millom bounce back into form



Millom                           16

Bradford Dudley Hill 14

MILLOM had to dig deep to hang on for a well-earned victory in a game that went to the wire on a wet and very windy day.

The game was only two minutes old when Dudley Hill stand-off Tony Williams arced round the Millom defence from a scrum to cross for a try, the goal attempt from Tony Williams was held up in the wind.

Both teams played good open rugby in the wind and rain, then in the ninth minute, after good work from Paul Carter and Craig Wilson and a 30-metre run by Paul Evans, Tom Sibley was put in for a very good try, the wind held up the kick by Evans.

With both teams working hard in the conditions, Carter, Wilson and Sibley were doing their best running for Millom, with Evans kicking well in the wind.

For Dudley Hill, Marco Rossi, Gareth Walker and Lee O’Connor were all running well, Tony Williams kicking to good effect.

Dudley Hill hit back with a try from Darren Mumby on 19 minutes. It came after good work from Gareth Walker as he went 40 metres. From the play-the-ball, Mumby went in for an 8-4 lead to Dudley Hill.

But Millom refused to lie down and just before half-time a good offload by Evans put sub Scott Mossop in for a good try, Evans’ goal putting Millom 10-8 up at half-time.

The wind was playing a big part in the game in the second half as both teams went for 40/20s.

From one, Andrew Mellen went 35 metres and he put Ross Brooks on a run, but Gareth Walker stopped him.

Dudley Hill hit back in the 52nd minute with a try from Nathan Kitson after set-up play from Gledhill and Marvin Golden.

The conversion from Tony Williams gave them a 14-10 lead.

Millom worked hard to get back in the game with Carter, Sibley, Armstrong and Joe Shaw all prominent.

With time running out, Millom refused to lie down with hard-working prop Paul Carter as he went in for the match-winning try with eight minutes left.

In the final minutes, the referee sent off one of the Dudley Hill players for a high tackle.

Millom’s man-of-the-match went to hooker Anthony Dixon.


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