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Sat 1 Sep TBC - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division One Abandoned

Selby RUFC 12 - 3 Hullensians - Match Abandoned at Half Time

Frustrating start to the season as, with Selby in front by 12 points to 3, the match was abandoned after an injury to the referee.

Report by Ian Marlow

Selby’s season opening Yorkshire One league fixture fell victim to the referee’s pulled hamstring just before half time and with him being unable to continue, and no suitable replacement available, the match was abandoned and will now be replayed on 6 October at Sandhill Lane. However, the opening forty minutes (or nearly fifty given the lengthy treatment the ref received from Selby physio Hayley Brady in a forlorn effort to mend him) gave an intriguing taste of what the Selby faithful may expect in the forthcoming season – and it was a bit of a curate’s egg!

On a gloriously sunny but breezy day Selby played with the advantage of the wind and started very strongly in the forwards, demolishing the Hullensians scrum on a couple of occasions early on, but then going on to squander their gain with unforced errors in midfield. However, a great team try soon followed as Ash Parkinson made a great turnover on half way before feeding new hooker Joe Raddings (who has obviously not missed out at feeding time in the family household) for the young but beefy hooker to show a surprising Phil Bennett-esque sidestep and turn off pace to break the gain line and then find a good pass to the ever supporting Danny Wilkinson. A cute kick to the corner followed from Selby’s new vice-captain for wingman Ash Dallimore to scoop up and score for a deserved 5-0 lead.

More signals for an encouraging season followed as Selby’s defence then held firmly resolute as the Humbersiders tried to muscle their way upfield; and following another turnover, veteran talisman Andy Kehoe belied his indeterminate age to find a gap to stride clear to put Parkinson in for another fine try and a 12-0 lead. So with barely 15 minutes gone the season was looking rosy for Selby - but not for too long! Any Selby supporters present at the corresponding fixture last year will have Hullensians’ Lazarus-like resurrection to win from twenty point down seared into their memory as the stuff of nightmares – and events started to turn in their favour again as they stuck to their task manfully and Selby started to plague themselves with a series of errors to allow them back into the match with good field positions. A couple of runs at the Selby line were repulsed desperately before constant pressure earned them a penalty kick to reduce the deficit to 12-3.

For Selby’s part, the pack continued to hold the clear upper hand and it was disappointing therefore, particularly with the strong breeze behind them, that Selby never managed to position their dominant pack anywhere near the Hullensians line in the whole of the half - where they would surely have been favourites to go over? In fact, with Selby maybe guilty of overplaying and losing possessions, the ball was actually in the Selby half of the field for the majority of the half, allowing Hullensians to grow in confidence and endeavour.

So, with the game finely poised at half time and a potentially intriguing second half to come, with Hullensians looking resurgent and about to have the benefit of the wind, the game came to a disappointing and sudden halt. Some Swans supporters were convinced Selby were going on to win comfortably, but others thought that they may well have dodged a bullet by not scoring enough with the breeze behind them – but nobody will ever know!

Selby will be looking to get their season underway, again, away at Heath next Saturday. It promises to be a tough fixture and hopefully everyone, including the referee, will manage to make it through the entire game unscathed.


15 Full Back Leetham M
14 Wing Dallimore A
13 Centre Kehoe A
12 Centre Hogan L
11 Wing Dallimore A
10 Stand Off Cruise H
9 Scrum Half Wilkinson D
1 Prop Hardy D
2 Hooker J Raddings
3 Prop Leetham A
4 Lock Parkinson A
5 Lock Ibbetson J
6 Flanker Edwards T
7 Flanker Cicero C
8 No 8 Broughton S


16 Webster A
17 Tunningley A
18 McGrory-Hill Q

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Dinnington 20 51
9. Bradford Salem 19 39
10. Keighley 20 35
11. Selby 20 32
12. Hullensians 19 30
13. Old Rishworthians 20 28
14. Guisborough 18 15

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