Rotherham 25 Jersey 1603/11/2013
Rotherham Titans 25
Jersey came away empty-handed from Clifton Lane, as a late penalty from Juan Pablo Socino deprived the visitors of a losing bonus point.
The Islanders had battled bravely against a Titans side who went back to the top of the Greene King IPA Championship table, albeit only for an hour as Bristol took maximum points against Plymouth in the 3pm game [Both sides were over-hauled by London Welsh who won 24-31 at Leeds yesterday].
Jersey suffered two early blows, conceding a try to the dangerous Charlie Mulchrone, and then seeing Drew Locke limp off, to be replaced by Mark Foster, who was himself a late addition to Jersey's bench after David Bishop withdrew injured.
But the visitors battled back and Ben Maidment finished off a superb break by Mark McCrea.
The home team's top scorer, hooker Tom Cruse, claimed his side's second try but Titans led just 14-13 approaching the break after Niall O'Connor added two penalties to his earlier conversion.
By half-time it was 19-16, Michael Keating claiming a third try for Roth and O'Connor adding a further penalty.
The conditions worsened after half-time with the wind making life difficult, especially for the kickers. Jersey's defence frustrated the home side, but also earned a warning from the referee for repeated infringement, and then a yellow card for Joe Buckle, plus a penalty which Socino landed just before the hour (22-16).
Both sides pressed for another try - Roth to earn a four-try bonus point and kill off the match, and Jersey seeking a notable scalp. McCrea came closest but lost the ball in the tackle close to the try-line after another incisive break, and then in added time a scrum penalty in front of the posts gave Socino the chance to have the final say.
Nottingham's late win at home to Bedford yesterday means Jersey slip to 10th place in the table, with 7 points, ahead of Moseley on matches won. Notts and Bedford sat 8th and 9th, with 9 points each, while Ealing remain anchored to the foot of the table and yet to register a point.
ROTHERHAM: Sean Scanlon, Jamie Broadley, Jack Roberts, Juan Pablo Socino, Michael Keating, Dallan Murphy, Charlie Mulchrone; Marshall Gadd (Mike Dias 80),Tom Cruse, Colin Quigley (Mark Tampin 61), Ben Thomas (Barney Maddison 73), Dan Sanderson, Alex Rieder, Ali Birch, Ed Williamson (Alfie To'oala 58, Jack Preece 80). Not used: Dan White, Joel Gill.
JERSEY: Aaron Penberthy, Mark McCrea, Grant Pointer, Drew Locke (Mark Foster 9), Ed Dawson, Niall O'Connor, Nick Griffiths (Jimmy Williams 75); Sean McCarthy (Tom Fidler 55), Dave Felton (Luke Stratford 70), David Young (Nick Selway 75), Nick Campbell (Dave Markham 78), Alex Rae, Ben Maidment, Joe Buckle, Tom Brown (James Voss 75).
Referee: John Meredith
Yellow Card: Buckle (Jersey) 57
Tries: Mulchrone (6), Cruse (23) Keating (36)
Conversions: Socino x 2
Penalties: Socino x 2
Try: Maidment (18)
Penalties: O'Connor x 3