By Craig Bone
Vikings playing the side that beat them 3 times last year and only lost twice in the whole of the season – Goole.
Vikings fixture kicked off straight after the cracking Danesman game so a great crowd had gathered for both games.
Vikings set piece was again pivotal to getting them off the blocks quicker, it didn’t disappoint. With 7 changes from last week game with Tom Fish, Ian Williams and Jordan Day, with a solid quarter from Aaron Helms, basically dismantling the Goole front row time after time, but the Vikings found it difficult to break the incredible defence of a well-organised Goole team who fought for everything. After 20 minutes a lovely inside switch from Joe Edmond put Rory Day through to score which was converted by Rowley – 7-0 to the Vikings. Then Goole kept the intensity up for the remaining 10 minutes of the first half and banging on the Vikings door finally got a try which was unconverted.
Second half starting as it finished the 1st half, Goole started to get a bit more set piece ball, both Vikings and Goole didn’t give an inch either way.
Vikings gave a penalty away under the sticks for Goole to take the lead. Vikings have been in this position before last week, Vikings needed to dig deep and play rugby in the Goole half, finally a penalty came the Vikings way which skipper Rowley converted which ended a fantastic game 10-8 to the Vikings.
Excellent debut from Sam Jackson who was very confident in both attack and defence. Will Rennard, Mikey Readman, Josh Broadhead, Matty Ward with Vice-Captain Tom Read grafting and working every single minute of the game.
Man of the Match went to Ian Williams for his constant pressure at scrum time, and his throwing 100% line-out wins, just pipped Will Rennard and Toby Welsby who both were again magnificent especially Will in the line out coupled with his amazing fitness, and Toby just been a total thorn in Goole’s side in both his work rate and tackling everything.
Craig Bone said we stuck to a game plan which we executed to the letter, we now have a week off to recharge the lads bruised bodies.
A huge thank you to Darrell Conlin who refereed both games back to back, thank you.
Vikings have a well deserved week off.