In-form Morley eye win

MORLEY travel to West Hartlepool in National Three North on Saturday in buoyant mood following their last-gasp victory over Waterloo at Scatcherd Lane.

The Maroons trailed for much of the game until star man Simon Bradshaw turned the contest on its head in a dramatic finale.

Bradshaw pulled Morley back to 19-15 with a 75th minute penalty before racing over for his ninth try of the season, four minutes into stoppage time, to seal a 20-19 victory which sparked celebrations among Maroons followers.

Morley team manager Peter Seabourne said: “It was a good win for us and a great start to the new year and I was pleased with how we played.

“Simon put the ball down and then took the kick and the referee blew for full time straight away.

“I was pleased because the lads have worked hard over Christmas and looked after themselves.

“They have taken what we told them on board and it has paid off.

“However, we must not get carried away it is only one win and we are still in the bottom three but we can now take things forward from here and it is onwards and upwards.”

Seabourne got the tactics spot on as he played four half-backs during the course of the game.

Morley started with Scott Benton and Sean Dadswell when they were against the wind in the first half but introduced Ben Johnson at half-time and Kenny Sewell soon after the re-start and the ploy worked to perfection.

Seabourne added: “We had trained all week in those conditions so we knew exactly what to expect.

“We approached the game with two pairs of half-backs and it paid off but everyone played their part.”

Despite the terrific victory over Waterloo, Morley remain third-bottom in the table four points behind Burnage and in-form Penrith, who earned a 30-12 success at home to West Hartlepool last week.

Seabourne added: “I expected Penrith to beat West Hartlepool as they are very good at home but they have done us a favour by knocking them about a bit.

“We are not bothered about anyone else, it is all about how we perform and I’m sure things will come good.”

No8 David Hopton was substituted with a shoulder injury last Saturday but it is hoped he will have recovered in time to face Hartlepool.

Bradshaw’s try, penalty and one conversion last week saw him return to the top of the division’s points scoring charts.

He has scored 159 points this term, from nine tries, 28 penalties and 15 conversions and is two ahead of Darlington Mowden Park’s Grant Connon and three better off than Gavin Stead of Bradford & Bingley.

Winger Koby Gyasi was Morley’s other scorer last Saturday as his brace of tries after 28 and 60 minutes got the Maroons right back into the game after they had trailed 19-0. Morley showed great heart to battle back from those setbacks and earn a vital victory, which keeps them in touch with their relegation rivals.