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Glossop 33 - Ruskin Park RUFC 7.
9:00am Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
Glossop fielded a mature and heavy front five, an aggressive back row and a organized fly half, this combination unpicked a disjointed Ruskin team and eventually in the last quarter of the game made the score line look an impressive 33 to 7.
Ruskin Park started the game with eight regular first choice forwards either unavailable or injured, this forcing the ever impressive captain, Fogarty to start the game out of position into the forwards.
Glossop started slowly kicking three penalties before halftime and every time Ruskin got ball they ran at the heavy Glossop team and cut holes in the back line, a typical weaving run by the Ruskin backs saw Farrelly score a fantastic length of the pitch try under the post to secure a 9-7 score at half time. At this point Ruskin looked like they could pull off a defeat against the odds against this sustained Glossop outfit.
The second half proved a step to far with Ruskin unable to secure any ball and a prossession of sin binning saw them play most of the game with 13 players on the pitch. Unfortunately the referee only appeared to see the Ruskin infringements and this enabled Glossop to use the extra weight and players to push Ruskin back into the corners time and time again. Once the heavy Glossop pack had secured ball close to the line it was inevitable they would finally drive the lighter pack over their own try line.
Ruskin continued to defend well for long periods and tried everything to spread the ball wide, on every occasion they looked dangerous and if not for silly forced errors at the final phase they would have definitely scored more try's. This would have been a more just worthy score line and a true reflection that Ruskin had the better backs and Glossop had the better forwards.
More injuries to the Bibby brothers and the replacement winger Jones puts Ruskin under more pressure for the home fixture against top of the table New Brighton next week, were Ruskin will entertain their new main kit sponsor The Miles Consultancy. On a brighter note, young Sam Derbyshire played well when on for the injured Chris Bibby and the Century Limousines man of the match award was taken for the second week in succession by Gary Smith.
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