September 8, 2017
A 75th Alex Goble try was not enough for Nottingham, who fell to a 35-27 defeat against Yorkshire Carnegie at The Bay.
Goble crosses the line for Nottingham’s last try of the game.
The Green and Whites led the game going into the final quarter, but the visitors scored three tries in thirteen minutes to take home a full 5 points.
Ian Costello made two changes to the side that thumped Rotherham last week, with Rory Burke and Darryl Veenendaal being drafted into the starting XV.
Elsewhere, NTU student Alex Goble was handed a place on the bench, alongside Wasps dual-registration prop David Langley and hooker Jimmy Stevens.
It was a frantic opening few moments for both sides, with fullback Chris Elder looking flustered and pressured from the onslaught of high balls.
Nottingham were first to open the scoring with just over ten minutes gone, and it was the forward pack who, once again, stole the limelight. Hooker Ben Brownlie went over for his third try in two games after peeling from the maul and sprinting clear, with Tiff Eden slotting a tricky conversion from out wide.
Yorkshire, 2016/17 finalists, proved far too experienced and bounced back immediately through 19-year-old debutant Louie Brown, who showed fine finishing skills to connect with Alex Davies’ grubber kick.
The visitors thrived off the score, attacking instantly through hooker Joe Buckle, and Nottingham were penalised at the resulting breakdown. Davies had brought his kicking boots to The Bay and went for goal around 45 metres out, duly converting and providing Carnegie with a slim lead.
It was Yorkshire who continued to attack with intent, but Nottingham began to push upfield as the game developed, and Costello’s side found themselves 5-metres out, with Yorkshire putting into the lineout. Jordan Coghlan read the play perfectly, intercepting a floating pass and scoring uncontested for the Greens’ second try of the night.
Both fly-halves traded penalties in the dying moments of the half, leaving Nottingham with a tender 17-16 lead going into the break.
The in-form Ben Brownlie in action on Friday night.
Eden kicked a penalty in the first play of the second half, and from then on, Nottingham were camped out inside the Carnegie half. The combination of Eden and Gearoid Lyons worked superbly, adding width to Nottingham’s attack, with the likes of Poullet, Buckley, Coghlan and Morris making strong carries, but the stern defence of Yorkshire held firm.
With less than 20 minutes remaining, substitute Will Homer entered Nottingham territory for the first time that half, and the scrum-half escaped under the posts to pull Yorkshire ahead by three, with Irvine converting the score. Myerscough was next to cross for the visitors, picking from short range and crashing over, leaving the scoreline reading 30-20.
Costello introduced wing Alex Goble to the side in the 74th minute, and it took just 60 seconds for the 21-year-old to score, showing his fine finishing skills by stretching out and touching down in the corner. Eden nailed the tough conversion, and for a moment, Nottingham were in touching distance, but Yorkshire were defiant, and hooker Joe Buckle picked from the base of a close ruck and scored in the final play of the game, securing the bonus point and a 35-27 win for the visitors.
The Green and Whites will now look to return to winning ways, on the road, as they visit London Scottish next Saturday (16th September), with a 3:00pm kick-off.
Report by Vinnie Berrington.
Action images courtesy of Richard Davies / Chud Photography.