So, for the background to this encounter between Otley and Preston Grasshoppers, we go over to Cross Green in Otley. We get just a little bit of the match atmosphere and why it almost ended up being too close to call. As you've heard and read, ickledot goes to these games to photograph the drama and would in no way count himself as a rugby pundit.
So, just before leaving the ground, he was able to grab a quick word with Otley's Forwards Coach, Mark Luffman. While Mark agreed that the game had been extremely close, he was reluctant to pinpoint any superior strength or tactics on the part of Otley for their win, putting much of it down to good fortune. He said that Otley's play had been determined to a great extent by the heavy conditions underfoot. If Otley's forwards had the edge at all, he felt it was marginal. Pleased and relieved, he praised the Grasshoppers for their performance on the afternoon and also for the progress they'd made since the two sides last met at the beginning of the season. On the photographing front, it was good to be close to some of the key moments in the game and also to have the backdrop of a sizeable crowd in Otley's main stand. Pictures above show the scoring of Otley's first half try by Dec Dunn and below Michael Coady closes in on the line during the second forty.
You can see more of ickledot's pictures from the game here.