Redcar Ten Minutes From Glory
By Dave Pearson
A resurgent Redcar took on a Hartlepool team who are currently 3rd in the league and have won their last 5 games but Redcar went all out and gave the visitors a shock.
Redcar kicked off on a cold and crisp day without a hint of a breeze and from the outset, the referee stamped his authority on the game, he penalised Hartlepool twice in the first 3 mins from the second one, scrum-half Joe Cooke slotted the penalty to give Redcar an early lead, 3 – 0. Pool came back strongly on 10 mins with their big forwards and from a Redcar scrum they got a penalty and opted for another scrum and pushed Redcar back and scored, 3 – 7.
Hartlepool continued to get on the wrong side of the ref with high tackles and offsides and then compounded them by arguing and backchat, this led to Redcar’s Joe Cooke putting Redcar back into the lead with two more successful kicks on 18 and 26 mins, 9 – 7. Then on 28 mins after another infringement from Hartlepool the Ref had had enough and he yellow carded Pool’s centre No.12. Redcar took full advantage and 4 mins later scored the best try of the game when winger Craig Newland made a scything 50 metre break leaving the Pool defence in tatters, he was stopped just a couple of metres from the line but managed to get the ball to the other winger Gabe Holmes who was up in support and he scored, 14 – 7. This shook Pool back into action and on 35 mins they scored a converted try to bring the scores level, 14 – 14. Pool continued to infringe and just before halftime, Joe Cooke kicked Redcar back into the lead, 17 – 14.
Half Time Redcar 17 Hartlepool 14.
The second half started much as the first and on 43 mins Redcar extended their lead with yet another Joe Cooke penalty, 20 – 14. Pool were still feeling the wrath of the referee and on 50 mins their scrumhalf Andrew Foreman was shown the yellow card, this time Joe (Cool) Cooke just missed, as his kick fell short. Pool then reverted back to type and used their scrum and on 65 mins after two successive scrums, they pushed Redcar over and scored, surprisingly they missed the easy conversion, 20 – 19.
On 70 mins Redcar hooker Chris Clitheroe had to retire injured and because earlier prop Steve Wilson had been injured, the scrums had to be uncontested and Redcar had to play with 14 men. This opened the floodgates for Pool and they scored three more converted tries, the last one in injury time on the final whistle.
Final Score Redcar 20 Hartlepool 40