Thursday, 11 February 2016

Sibley brace sees Millom to victory over Dalton

MILLOM overcame an early deficit to take the points from a high-scoring affair against Dalton.

BRACE: Millom’s Tom Sibley helped his side to victory over Dalton with two tries

The visitors, who made the trip with only 15 players, started promisingly and were the first to put points on the board through Harri Brown.

Millom tried to respond and used the big open pitch to their advantage, but infuriatingly final passes were spilt as they made mistake after mistake in trying to break down the strong Dalton defence.

The travelling team went 12-0 up as Paul Woodburn went over, capitalising on some sloppy ball handling.

With some harsh and encouraging words from senior players Anthony Murray and Tom Sibley, Millom’s young guns started to think and play rugby.

Strong runs from forwards Dane Kelly, Scott Clark and Josh Banham and full-back Jordan Moyes meant they started to punch holes in the Dalton line.

The visitors were well led by Mike Oldcorn, who guided his troops around the field, while there was a big effort from Woodburn, who worked his heart out and needed two to three Millom players at a time to bring him down.

The Woollybacks brought on Graham Lupton and he changed the flow of the game, taking control and settling the side into a steady routine, going over for two tries in the process.

Sibley scored a brace for the hosts, but Dalton went ahead again as Lee Park, Richard Sharples and Jordan Woodend each went over, Woodend kicking a total of four goals on the afternoon.

With 20 minutes left on the clock, old head Paul Roskell made an appearance on the field, and with his first touch of the ball he scored under the posts for Millom.

The home side’s fitness proved crucial in the final stages as they pulled ahead for the victory, with Ian Armstrong, Anthony Murray and Scott Clark also crossing the whitewash. Jonathan Hodgson kicked three goals and Lupton a brace.

Oldcorn and Woodburn stood out for Dalton – the latter taking their man-of-the-match award – while old heads Sibley and Murray were key for Millom, along with young guns Moyes, Hawden. Hodgson and man-of-the-match Josh Banham.

l Millom would like to thank Millom RUFC for the use of their Wilson Park home while Devonshire Road undergoes refurbishment.

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