Aire Dominate in early season Warm up
By Jim Dolan
Green out for 8 Weeks
Aire hosted Ilkley in this local derby early season warm up match, the first of the season for both sides, and put the visitor under pressure early on remaining in the opposition half for all but the last 3 minutes of the first half.
To be fair Ilkley defended well but just couldn’t escape from their 22 for any length of time pinned back by a solid Aire defence, clearance kicks failing to reach touch being run back at them time and again and pressure from the Aire line causing missed passes and dropped ball.
Ilkley, however remained in the game for the first 15 minutes of so with early season mistakes by Aire relieving some of the pressure.
Aire, however, were not to be resisted with Stand-Off Will Green crossing after 15 minutes. Dan Marchbank adding the extras.
With the Ilkley defence breached Will Marchbank was on hand to cross for Aire’s second unconverted try out wide. 12-0.
Then came the try of the game. With Aire pressing the Ilkley 22 Will Green launched a cross field kick which Captain Mikey Dolan caught and off loaded in the tackle to Harry Beckwith to score unopposed. Will Green added the 2.
Aire started the second half very much as they had the first despite many personnel changes with early pressure on the Ilkley side seeing Lewis Myers crossing wide right early doors. 24-0.
A good break from Dan Walker saw him off load in the tackle for Will Green to score under the posts for a well worked try only to dislocate his shoulder in doing so. Dan Marchbank adding the 2 and bringing the score to 31-0.
Dan Marchbank then scored his own try which he also converted, in the dying minutes of the game. 38-0.
All in all an impressive performance by Aire with the Pack in general working hard and impressing in the scrums. Dan Walker again stood out as did Ollie Wolfenden whose first half tackle count was impressive. Also of note was newcomer and debutant Harry Cousins who showed ability to contest at this level and will be a welcome addition to the squad.
Man of the match, however, was contested by the Marchbank cousins with Will only just coming out on top with an impressive running display and solid defence.