‘We had one of the biggest parties the clubhouse has ever seen’

Josh McAllister

West Hull assistant coach Glyn Jones reflects on his side’s National Conference League Grand Final victory just over a week ago. 

Matthew Plummer sealed the win for West Hull in extra time with a superb team try to become the 2019 National Conference champions.

Thatto Heath led 4-0 early on through two penalty kicks from Bobbie Goulding, but West Hull grabbed the opening try through Jacob Moore. Further tries from Ben Heyes, Jamie Tracey and Sam Cator made the score 14-14 after regular time.

In came Plummer, who crossed in the corner in golden-point extra time to become a somewhat club legend.

“We had coincided our open age presentation to take place that night, so after the final it was back to club and we had one of the biggest parties the club house has seen,” said Jones.

“Even the power cut which affected the full estate didn’t put a dampener on it as we just sang and partied until power was restored.

“Matty [Plummer] had a great game but the full team were heroes that day.

“That winning try went through five pairs of hands before it reached Matty.

“Josh Wood at acting half to Ryan Wilson, who didn’t have the time to go for a drop goal so passed it on to Jack Lazenby who made the call to carry on going through hands. Lazo on to Jack Watts who showed great speed with the pass and there was Benn Arbon who was as cool as a cucumber to draw the last man and send Matty through for the winner.

“His finish was spectacular though, even if most of his team mates pied him in celebrating.”

West Hull finished second in the regular season, and claimed the title 18-14 over Thatto Heath at Featherstone Rovers’ LD Nutrition Stadium.

“Our season started back on January with a trip to Portsmouth in the Challenge Cup, so it’s been a very long season for the boys and after losing out on one of the tightest league titles ever on the final day of the regular season, the Grand Final win was a great reward for all their hard work.

“We’ll have a couple of months off now, then we prepare for an even harder task of backing it up next year.”

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