Warrington End Season In Style
By David Jervis
Finished mid-table but could have been better
WARRINGTON 34 DOUGLAS (IOM) 10
Warrington ended the season in style with a six-try demolition of Douglas, avenging their defeat in September. However, the result was not enough to move them up the league table, as Stockport and Burnage, the two sides just above them, beat and Blackburn and league champions Vale of Lune, respectively, so that Warrington finish in eighth position,
After the opening arm-wrestle, Warrington started to gain control but, ironically, their first try came when they were defending in their own 22. Scrum half Tom Wood cleared his lines with a clever kick and saw the ball bounce away from the grasp of the Douglas left winger into the grateful hands of Nathan Beesely and, not for the first time this season, the speedy winger shows his electric pace to outpace the cover and touch down under the posts. He then went on to add the conversion.
Warrington could have easily scored four more tries in the first half but a Tom Arnold effort was narrowly foiled by the touchline, two knock-ons with the try line open meant two more tries went begging and Kieron Hughes was hauled down inches short. But it was the visitors who added to the scoreboard before half time with a well-struck penalty.
The second half saw Warrington produce some of their best rugby. First a storming run from young tyro Harry Kellett took play into Douglas territory and the ball flashed across the back line to allow Nathan Beesley to squeeze over in the corner. Steve Pilkington then took a slick pass from Andy Roberts and muscled through the defence before finding Christian White o his shoulder and the mobile prop touched down in the corner. It was then the turn of Tom Wood to demonstrate his show-and-go party trick and the scrum half ghosted over to allow Nathan Beesley a simple conversion.
Douglas then hit back and showed that Warrington did have a monopoly on pace as their left winger showed a clean pair of heels to the Warrington defence to touch down under the posts. The conversion took the score to 24-10 in Warrington’s favour.
Almost immediately, Warrington stuck back when Steve Pilkington intercepted and passed to fellow centre Kieron Hughes, who, unselfishly, fed Tom Arnold and the winger scored in the corner. The final try came from Warrington’s other young tyro, Tom Mcneff, who took advantage of a turnover after a powerful break from Phil Lynch,
“A good way to end the season,” commented an exhausted coach Andy Roberts, having played two games in two weeks. “We really showed our pace and creativity in the second half. If we had played with thie same intensity and commitment all season, I am sure we could have finished much further up the table.”