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 Baildon 2ndXV 435

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With the ‘Ensians 1st XV having no game in this non-league week, the 2nd XV took on neighbours Baildon to produce a solid performance which wasn’t as one-sided as the score might suggest.

The hosts attacked from the start with half-back brothers Brett and Matt Tenniswood sending their backs on the attack from the off. After good interplay between forwards and backs skipper Alan Garnett drove over half way out. The conversion failed, but the home side continued to pressure the Baildon defence and Brett Tenniswood forced his way through in the corner to give his side a 10 – 0 lead on 14 minutes.

With one or two 2nd XV players strengthening their ranks, Baildon showed that they had pace out wide, but flankers Michael Moore and Richard Crossley covered well to snuff out any threats. The ‘Ensians pack was proving a handful for the visitors with the front row of Tom Twist, Ben Tetley and Peter Bonner dominating the scrums and providing quality ball for the backs. Centres John Burns and Toby Gillatt made powerful runs up the middle and when the ball was re-cycled, Gillatt cut through for the third try. Matt Tenniswood’s conversion lifted the score to 17 – 0 on 20 minutes.

Baildon then came back strongly with their lively full back coming into the line to pressure the home side, but stout defence with flanker Richard Crossley always to the fore kept the line clear. The hosts responded with a good break by Toby Gillatt and the ball passed through several pairs of hands before full back Sean Flesher completed the move with a try wide-out, lifting the score to 22 – 0 at the break.

In the second half the visitors came out with renewed vigour and the home side found themselves on the back foot for the first 10 minutes. Good chasing and backing up by Baildon produced a well-worked try on 51 minutes to get them on the scoreboard, taking the score to. 22 – 7.

Their come-back was short-lived when strong runs from centre John Burns and flanker Richard Crossley put lock Andy Wood away on a bullocking run down the right wing to brush off two would-be tackles and go over in the corner to extend the lead to 27 – 7 on 53 minutes. ‘Ensians were now playing confidently with good backing up and slick passing.

Although Baildon produce the odd flurry, ‘Ensians were well on top for the remainder of the match. Wingers Dan Ball and Ben Dixon were always a threat and Ball went over for the sixth home try on 65 minutes. Further tries came from the lively Toby Barltrop and from Alan Garnett, who scored his second from a pushover try in the final minute. Three conversions by Matt Tenniswood gave the home side a comfortable 46 – 7 victory in a match where credit must go to Baildon for competing right to the end.

‘Enians are back to League action next week at home to Wetherby with a 2,15 kick-off.