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K Mahon (2), D Harvey
D Harvey
Sat 27 Oct 15:00 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

Wirral Blown Away in the first Quarter


Ilkley dominate the early exchanges as a much changed Wirral side suffered defeat at the hands of the Yorkshiremen.

For the second consecutive home game, this time against Ilkley, Wirral were without 5 key players from last week’s game due to a variety of reasons. The captain’s knee operation has been delayed for a further week but JAMES ANNETTS, JOE MURRAY, ROB PEARL , RYAN HIGGINSON and BEN BROOKS were not available and their places were taken by Ben Cornford, the versatile Mike Warren, Keith Mahon , Danny Light (making his league debut) and Chris Speed (moving to the wing) respectively. This allowed a centre partnership of Sam Broadbent and DAN HARVEY. The Wirral subs were Paul Lewis (sub prop), Mark Williams and James Adams.
Wirral were playing towards the road, against the wind which was blowing unusually right to left. From the Wirral kick off, the ball went straight out of play giving the advantage to Ilkley, another kick downfield from Wirral went straight into touch and from a line out close to the Wirral line, Ilkley scored through Luke Pearson, not converted- 0-5 (5 minutes). 5 minutes later from another Wirral kicking mistake, Ilkley again had play outside the Wirral 20m and passing down the backs saw Struan Connor easily cross under the posts and converted by Chuckie Ramsay to give the away team a 0-12 lead.
At this stage Wirral had not hand any meaningful possession or the rub of the green from the exchange referee and matters got worse with Jack Yarker receiving a yellow card for going into a tackle with his knees, seen by many as purely an accident. I can’t comment on the next 3 tries as I was in the field retrieving the match ball only to report by the time I got back that Ilkley had earned their try bonus point through tries by Connor again and Ollie Holtam, one of which was converted. Having gone 0-24 down, Wirral had worked their way downfield and from close range Keith Mahon crossed wide out, not converted, 5-24 (25 minutes).
This score gave Wirral some impetus and they worked their way down to the Ilkley 20m area and progressed forward and with a 3 to 1 overlap the pass was dropped when the opportunity to score appeared easier. Wirral were finding it difficult to make progress in mid field with keen Ilkley tackling until the ball was eventually released down the backs where Matt Loon made some 40m into the 20m area zone, the ball was recycled and this led to Keith Mahon getting his second try, not converted, 10-24. Again Wirral came back and were in the ascendancy with the ball going down the line with a chance of a try but the pass was intercepted by Connor again, who sped some 80m to score under the posts (his hat-trick) to leave the score 10-31 at half time.
Changes were made Paul Lewis came on for Danny Light (groin injury), Mark Williams for Keith Mahon (shoulder injury). Chris Speed moved into the forwards. Early in the second half, Sam Broadbent was sin binned with no adequate explanation to the player or signal to spectators. Wirral although down to 14 took play down to the Ilkley 20m, another penalty which was taken quickly and after pressure on the away line a short pass from Paul Lewis to DAN HARVEY enabled him to touch down and then convert his own try. 17-34, Ilkley had taken a penalty 2 minutes earlier.
James Adams comes on for Mike Warren, but MIKE was soon back on as Tom Parry retires with a rib/s injury. Ilkley wing forward is sin binned- reason not known. Again Wirral are back attacking and one of their characteristic drives is halted by the referee on the basis of crossing! Chris Speed (shoulder injury) was replaced by Keith Mahon (although injured). There had been a change round in the backs with Mark Williams playing more of an attacking role and Wirral were looking to score that 4th try and a bonus point but it was not to be. The ball was cleared downfield and a final flurry from ILKLEY and a long pass out to right winger, Will Howarth saw him score wide out, the conversion was missed. Final score 10-39.
Obviously Wirral did not start well with too many early basic errors. On reflection they had opportunities to reduce the gap or on another day perhaps win and clearly with a stronger side would have probably won this match. Wirral are down to 9th and next week are away at Blaydon (west of Newcastle), be prepared for an early start for those who are traveling to support the team.

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Key moments

Try Keith Mahon scores for Wirral
Try Keith Mahon scores for Wirral
Try Danny Harvey scores for Wirral
Conversion Danny Harvey kicks a conversion for Wirral

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65:00 Sub On
Keith Mahon is substituted on for Wirral
65:00 Sub Off
Chris Speed is substituted off for Wirral
59:00 Sub On
Mike Warren is substituted on for Wirral
59:00 Sub Off
Tom Parry is substituted off for Wirral
53:00 Sub On
James Adams is substituted on for Wirral
53:00 Sub Off
Mike Warren is substituted off for Wirral
48:00 Try 17 - 0
Danny Harvey scores for Wirral
48:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Danny Harvey kicks a conversion for Wirral
46:00 Yellow Card
Sam Broadbent is yellow carded for Wirral
41:00 Sub On
Mark Williams is substituted on for Wirral
41:00 Sub Off
Keith Mahon is substituted off for Wirral
41:00 Sub On
Paul Lewis is substituted on for Wirral
41:00 Sub Off
Danny Light is substituted off for Wirral
End of period 1
34:00 Try 10 - 0
Keith Mahon scores for Wirral
34:00 Missed Conversion
Danny Harvey misses a conversion for Wirral
25:00 Missed Conversion
Danny Harvey misses a conversion for Wirral
25:00 Try 5 - 0
Keith Mahon scores for Wirral
13:00 Yellow Card
Jack Yarker is yellow carded for Wirral
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As it happened

  • Wirral
  • Ilkley
  • 0
  • Jack Yarker Yellow Card 13:00'
  • Keith Mahon Try 25:00'
  • Keith Mahon Try 34:00'
  • Danny Light Sub Off 41:00'
  • Paul Lewis Sub On 41:00'
  • Keith Mahon Sub Off 41:00'
  • Mark Williams Sub On 41:00'
  • Sam Broadbent Yellow Card 46:00'
  • Danny Harvey Try 48:00'
  • Danny Harvey Conversion 48:00'
  • Mike Warren Sub Off 53:00'
  • James Adams Sub On 53:00'
  • Tom Parry Sub Off 59:00'
  • Mike Warren Sub On 59:00'
  • Chris Speed Sub Off 65:00'
  • Keith Mahon Sub On 65:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull 26 118
2. Blaydon 26 99
3. Harrogate 26 98
4. Billingham 26 89
5. Rossendale 26 72
6. Sandal 26 70
7. Wirral 26 69

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