Close Senior Colts Match ends in a one point win
By Karen Ratcliffe
Selby Colts play Roundhegians for their Cup mach in the Plate competition
In calm but slightly damp conditions, Selby welcomed Roundhegians for their Cup match in the Plate competition. Both teams competed well in the first 15 minutes, but neither were able to gain an advantage.
The home team then started to exert more consistent pressure, and on the back foot, Roundhegians conceded a penalty on their 22, which was nicely converted by Henry Bayston. Selby consolidated this period of play with more solid possession, and won another penalty from the same spot with the same result. 6-0. The visitors then began to look after the ball better, and forced Selby into some terrific defensive tackling, led by captain Harrison Green, with Alex Chapman and Owain Sudron defending particularly strongly too. The home team soaked up the pressure, with only one real scare when Roundhegians got to within 5 metres of the line. However, the tale of the first half was predominately one of missed opportunities by both teams when unable to capitalise on half-chances.
Selby started the second half with much greater intent, ensuring that fast ball from a few nice phases was ultimately converted into points. Max Wotton and Ben Lodge in the pack, and Kyle Turner and Joe Ramsey in the centre combined nicely before Alex Chapman broke through 2 attempted tackles to go over in the left corner. 11-0. They quickly consolidated this lead with a lovely fluid piece of running by full back Ollie Uren before a perfectly timed off-load to Tom Morris on the left wing who finished sharply. Henry Bayston converted very nicely from the left; 18-0. Most of the second half remained at this point, and Selby took their foot off the gas a little, allowing the visitors more ball and more territory, and they continued to press hard, with little reward until a great mazy run by one of their centres from the half way line to go over in the left corner; 18-5.
There was still time for high drama, and Roundhegians provided it by scoring two more tries in the last 5 minutes, but were only able to convert one of them, meaning the match finished 18-17.