Otley gather no points in the gathering east-coast gloom

Ilkley Gazette: Mark Ireland scored Otley's only points with a penalty Mark Ireland scored Otley's only points with a penalty

Hull 12, Otley 3

This SSE National League Two North game never got off the ground, with the referee completely at odds with the sides’ approach to the scrimmage, which translated into endless penalties and free-kicks.

When you add in messy line-outs and the inability of either side to control the ball, it made for a moderate spectacle.

The problem was acerbated when, on 33 minutes, Hull’s Ben Dorrington, who had come on as a back-row replacement 12 minutes earlier, suffered a dislocated elbow when attempting to drive over the Otley line.

A call to the hospital resulted in the appearance of a rather pedestrian paramedic, who eventually sent for an ambulance, the patient finally being moved after lying there for 42 minutes.

The game finally continued on its sedentary way, with Hull making a few breaks through lock Connor Murphy and prop Paul Stafford but their attempts, like those of Otley, invariably ended with a knock-on or a turnover.

Fly half James Cameron was wide with a penalty attempt and half-time came with no points.

Starting again in the gathering gloom, Mark Ireland was wide with a penalty shot, but on 62 minutes he had success with a second attempt.

But Otley went behind when Cameron put in a superb kick from the left touchline clear across the field, where right winger James Kirk took it on the full to run in unopposed.

Ireland raised the spirits with a fabulous break from inside his 22 to cut a swathe through the home defence, only to be brought down just short, where Hull contrived a turnover to clear.

By this time it was so dark it was impossible to follow play but in the final minute Hull denied Otley any chance of a bonus point when flanker Joe Stafford apparently went in at the posts for Cameron to convert.

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