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Old Otliensians 1stXV 24 pts vs Goole 19 pts


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Whilst not quite "The Great Escape", this comeback victory had all the hallmarks of a team that were prepared to fight for each other to the end, with pride, passion and no mean skill, against a very competent and committed Goole side, who for the first 50 minutes of this game had shown their full repertoire, and seemingly sealed victory with a very comfortable and well deserved 19-0 lead.

Goole opened with confidence and took the game straight to Otliensians through their powerful and well drilled pack, testing the home resolve to the full in the scrum, and competing ferociously in the contact areas, and as early as the 9th minute the visitors used their scrum advantage to great effect with a well conceived and executed blindside move. On 11 minutes Arbuckle was very harshly sin binned for an innocuous offence, but during this period the home team rallied in to the gale force elements and began to construct some pressure phases of their own.

It was however Goole who scored the a converted try after 29 minutes when they won a line out on the right, following another slick handling movement to set up the position, the ball was thrown long and the flanker raced in from 22 metres for a 12-0 half time lead.

Goole continued in the same vain from the start of the second half, excellent driving play from the pack, pressure in the scrum, good movement behind, with strong penetrating runners in the back row, one of whom burst through several tackles on his way to a converted try on 45 minutes and what looked like the unassailable 19-0 lead.

However, as they have proved over the last few seasons the home side are resilient, have good organisation, and a spirit that on this day shone through, as the fight back began in the 50th minute from turnover ball on the right, quick hands to the left released Lee O'Donnell for the line break, the off load to Howell left him with the run in to the left hand corner to reduce the arrears to 19-5. The home side reorganised with Foster moving up to fly half, and from a scrum on the left Foster and O'Donnell produced a sublime midfield move, the ball was transferred to Tinknall who outpaced the defence to score wide on the right after 62 minutes, the deficit now 19-10.

Although Goole were still dominant in the scrum, Otliensians were winning good line out ball through Gray, and the backs began to run at their opponents who were now firmly on the back foot. Again another well disguised middle "run around" fed Tinknall who to the delight of the crowd again scattered the defence in the 72nd minute to score on the right, Foster's conversion narrowed the gap to 19-17, with the momentum now firmly with the home side.

As the minutes ticked by, Otliensians began a series of phases taking the ball to the visitors, who now seemed to be running out of steam, and the decisive score was manufactured on 77 minutes with Kristian Keinhorst taking the ball, and feeding Tinknall, the forwards executed several pick and drives, before Nick Keinhorst forced his way over on the left for Foster to convert, giving Otliensians the 24-19 margin, and the lead for the first time.

The final whistle sounded and the home team and supporters celebrated a famous victory, although Goole who had dominated for long periods should be congratulated on their performance and contribution to a memorable game.