Selby U15’s v Moortown - Yorkshire Plate
By Alan Scholefield
A good result puts Selby in to the semi finals.
After a refreshing 3 week Christmas break from Sunday matches, Selby U15s boys team welcomed Moortown RUFC to Sandal Lane for the re-arranged Yorkshire Plate match which had been postposed at the end of December due to a flooded/icy pitch in Leeds.
Selby seemed to have eaten too many Christmas goodies with their sluggish play in the first half as Moortown seized the opportunity to score over the line first.
Selby were then put on the defensive back foot but held their own with some great tackles from many players including Cullip and a ball steal from Alterskye to prevent Moortown marching forward. Finally Bishop levelled the score at 5-5. At this point, the game could have been won by either side.
A half-time team talk, to give Selby ‘a sense of urgency’, seemed to do the trick and with some freshness from 4 new players on the pitch, the Selby players woke up. They played hard and took the opportunities, some from Moortown’s slippery fingers, to add a further 5 tries.
However Moortown were resilient and continued to play on, creating a final try and goal conversion as the whistle blew for the 60 minutes full time.
Selby’s scorers: Bishop (2), Cicero (1), Scholefield (1), Stephens (1), Husband (1)
Conversion takers: Gabel, Husband, Barlow, Scholefield
The U15’s will now play either Guisborough or Huddersfield away in the Yorkshire Plate semi-final on Sunday 17th February.
Final Score: Selby 30 – Moortown 12, Selby progress through to U15s Yorkshire Plate Semi-Final on 17/02/2019