Injuries wreck Hessle's hopes of finishing in style
HESSLE went down to a 49-17 defeat at Bramley Phoenix in their last Yorkshire Division Three match of the season.
The visitors, after trailing in the opening period, fought back to within five points at 22-17.
However, they eventually succumbed to a fast-moving Bramley outfit as they were depleted by injuries.
Carl Dixon had to leave the field with a knee injury and back-row forward Ben Richardson had to retire with a facial cut, which for one period left Hessle with 14 men.
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Second-team prop Mike Curran, who had attended as a spectator, was pressed into action for most of the second half.
A superb handling move produced Hessle's first try with hooker Tom Moore taking the final pass to touch down. Centre Joe Colville, who was outstanding in the backs along with James Holland, raced over for Hessle's second try.
With Dave Robinson, Ali Ross and Jon Parker working hard in the forwards, Hessle scored a third try through the elusive Josh Moore, with Dixon adding the conversion.
Paul Barwick led the way in the tackling department with some solid defence, but the visitors' weakened ranks were eventually stretched to the limit as Bramley crossed for five further tries in the last quarter.
Hessle, who can take some consolation from their display in the middle part of the game, will now be looking to regroup for Saturday's Yorkshire Silver Trophy semi-final against fellow Yorkshire Division Three side Thornensians at Livingstone Road.