Haven crush Cougars
Haven 17-4 Keighley
Few would have predicted this win for Haven, yet a thousand followers
turned up on a very cold and windy afternoon to show solidarity
with their team who have been giving their all recently and who
have suffered cruelly.
Also read Dave Farrell's action
Poor Chris Campbell and the unlucky Fats were remembered as Haven
ran onto the pitch with steely determination. Nothing was going
to stop them from winning this one! By the end of the match the
Cougar fans were folding away their giant flag having been blown
Despite all the injuries Haven looked reasonable on paper, but
would they have enough experience in the backs and enough power
in the pack to beat these high fliers? Answer "yes"
to both questions.All seventeen gave their all as a tribute to
Paul Cullen's fine coaching and to their missing team mates.
Craig Murdock was outstanding for Keighley. His passing was superb
and with his prompting they were fast and skillful and they were
a big powerful team. They had trounced Town earlier in the season
and no doubt they and their fans were expecting victory.They
were made to think again!
From the kick off Keighley received the ball and went through
a good set of six.Then it was Haven's turn and they were all
over them in the first 15 minutes, but could not turn pressure
into points. Rocket man Spencer Miller was tackled just short
from a Kirkbride dummy and break. Then Keighley showed how to
take a chance when high stepping Danny Seal ran through to score
from half way.They missed the kick so it was 4-0. Mark Cox was
magnificent and when he had the ball stolen Kirkbride made it
4-2.Seal crossed again but the linesman's intervention resulted
in it being disallowed.Linesmen have a vital role and a duty
especially with regard to dangerous play.
Two minutes from half time Mr. Silverwood finally spotted a Keighley
forward pass.The resultant scrum saw Leroy dash diagonally at
high speed and then turn it inside to Jonathan Wignall to zoom
in for a splendid try. Leroy is a fantastic passer of the ball
and a strong tackler. He made some telling kicks also, one of
which resulted in Keighley being tackled under their own posts
as the half time hooter sounded.
In the second half the Cougars put Haven under sustained pressure
but they never buckled. Wesley Wilson suffered a late hit from
number 5 Jason Lee in the sixtieth minute and he was carried
from the field and hospitalised! Lee was sent off. Kiddie came
on at fullback and was fast and sharp. A few minutes later Keighley
fumbled the ball. Lester, who had led from the front with his
non stop running and tackling, scooped it up and was off on an
80 yard run. He made it with a zig zag at the end before raising
his arm in a victory salute and diving in. It was 12-4 and from
then on it was all Haven.The Cougars tried to break out but they
were caged. A Leeroy kick on the line bounced off a big Keighley
forward, near the end, into the arms of Devlin who dived in at
the corner and then Kirkbride cleverly dropped a goal to make
the final score 17-4.
Forget televised sport.This was the real thing.All Haven's players
were great especially the fast and classy Seeds and few will
forget Aaron's length of the fielder. Haven gave their all and
the fan's stayed back to applaud this victory of sheer determination.
BRING ON TOWN.
By Dave Farrell
Haven put a run of three consecutive
defeats plus a mounting injury list behind them to record this
welcome and well deserved victory over High flying Keighley Cougars.
Injury problems there may be but the team that ran out stil
looked useful , wesley wilson back after a month,Steve Kirkbride
in tandem withLeroy , Dean Vaughan at last getting a start in
place of Fats plus Ian Devlin in his accustomed roll in the pack.
For the first 20 minutes it was all Haven as a determined Cougars
defence countered all that the Haven could muster, and it was
against the run of play when Cougars danny Seal broke from within
his own half to put the visitors ahead . After that the visitors
grew in confidence and it was only a forward pass that denied
Seal his second try ..
Having weathered the storm Haven hit back just before the interval
when Leroy opened up the Cougars defence with a reverse pass
to Wignall, who finished well from 10 yards out .A Steven Kirbride
goal gave haven a narrow but just about merited 6-4 half time
Both sides cam eout in the second half looking for the points
and it was Keighley who made the early running, Haven being pinned
on their line for almost 10 minutes. However when Keighley made
a mess of things on the last tackle Aaron Lester gathered a lose
ball 10 yards from his own line and outpaced the Keighley defence
to score under the posts at the Kells end of the ground.Krkbride
added the goal points and Haven had a useful 12-4 lead
The Haven then grew in confidence and took the upper hand , the
visitors became increasingly desperate and made a string of handling
errors surrendering the initiative, and it was no suprise with
10 minutes leftwhen Devlin collected a kick through to score
a try and seal a tremendous win for the Haven. Kirkbride could
not add the points but landed a field goal right on time to seal
the result and send haven into Fridays derby game in good heart.
Some experts would have us believe that the inform Town will
take the spoils , but on this display Haven will fear no one.
Certainly it would be a brave man or a fool to predict the outcome