Late tries seal Crocs’ fate

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Old Crossleyans remain third from bottom of Yorkshire One after a 37-3 defeat away to second-placed Malton and Norton yesterday.

Lacking several experienced players, they were always going to be up against it and their forwards were forced to play second fiddle, but stuck to the task.

Centre Jack Hammond was again their most penetrative player but Crocs ran out of steam and conceded three tries in the final quarter.

On a soft pitch which had managed to avoid being waterlogged by the nearby River Ouse, indecision in defence following a kick led to the Broomfield men conceding a fifth minute try.

Winger Ben Woodhouse picked up and went behind the posts, Zweli Sodladla converting.

The South African added a straight penalty from 30 metres but Ryan Sweeney replied to make it 10-3 on 23 minutes.

Sodladla added another three points on the half hour mark.

Winger Luke Saltonstall was bundled into touch at the corner and Malton went 18-3 up deep into stoppage time before the break when they stole lineout possession close to the Crocs line and drove to the posts for No 8 Ali Coe to score an unconverted try.

Crocs held their own in the third quarter with Matt Thornburn, Chris Harries, Declan Hampson, Cameron Brannan and Hammond to the fore as they tried to attack.

However, winger Ian Cooke got the scoreboard moving again for the home side following a quick tap penalty with 18 minutes left.

Sodladla converted but was unable to add the extras to flanker Sam Triffitt’s try on 66 minutes following good handling.

A penalty try, as Malton’s pack pushed for the line at a scrum, sealed Crocs’ fate with four minutes left. Sodladla converted.