Westoe’s home campaign ends with ref justice

BRACE ... John Younghusband.
BRACE ... John Younghusband.

IN Westoe’s final home game of this league campaign, they went down 41-22 to an in-form Cleckheaton side.

A brace of tries for ever-present Westoe forward John Younghusband weren’t enough for the South Shields club despite heavy scrum and pack dominance throughout the game.

I’m always really proud of the boys and this was no different. They worked hard and were great throughout.

David Haswell

The teams had gone into the break with Westoe only seven points behind but a string of decisions against them unravelled them quickly and Cleckheaton were given opportunities to show their class.

Westoe head coach David Haswell said: “Some of the ref’s decisions left a lot to be desired.

“He was just a bit inconsistent and frustrating for us and the boys on the pitch.”

Westoe had been very unlucky not to be awarded a penalty try as their pack repeatedly smashed their Cleckheaton counterparts yards for the line, but after repeated warnings from the ref against Cleckheaton it was Westoe who foumd themselves penalised.

Haswell brought up another key incident in the game, saying: “One of their lads was done for a tip tackle on Sam Gaff and he landed on his head and neck but the referee decided he’d landed on his back and only gave a yellow instead of a red.

“Decisions like that can really change a game.”

Westoe will only have one game left this season to find their first league win of 2015.

Haswell added: “I’m always really proud of the boys and this was no different. They worked hard and were great throughout.

“The morale and energy at the club is still amazing and many groups would not be able to stay together like they have with a season like this one.

“They can’t be praised enough for what they do in the Westoe shirt.”