First - Report
Didsbury Toc H 10 Aldwinians 52
A Russ Thompson trio of tries tormented Toc as a dominant Aldwinians team elevated themselves to 2nd place in the league.
A lot of hard work was being put in by the pack notably from stalwart Andy Gidman who ripped a ball out of a maul, switched the direction of play where the supporting Thompson ran left to right ,drew the defence and passed to wing Jack Fairchild to score on 25 mins, James Worrall converting for a 0 - 7 lead.
Toc made occasional attacking moves but they were well smothered by the Aldwinians defence who were always ready to counter attack.On the half hour play moved down the left hand touchline to set up a scrum.The ball was moved across the pitch and back again where no8 Ben Marsland was on hand to score on 36 mins.Now with a taste for more, Marsland increased his tally with another try three minutes late both of which were converted by Worrall for a 0 - 21 lead.Always looking for an opportunity to win ball, over eagerness then took over and Marsland was handed an unfortunate Yellow card .
Taking advantage of the 10 mins ban ,Toc then produced two tries either side of half time to reduce the arrears to 10 - 21.Stung by this comeback Aldwinians immediately responded to produce some of their best team rugby of the season as everything they did clicked into place.A virtuoso performance from Russ Thompson with three tries in 8 minutes sent the scoreboard racing round to 10 - 38 by the 55th min.His first came from a breakdown on the left, ball moved into midfield which he took at pace between the centres to go in under the posts.The second was another show of pace into the left corner and the third a brilliant try combining with an Andy Coxhill dummy pass where Thompson took the ball from a run round to race over the line.
This was exciting rugby and based on the continued graft from the excellent play of the pack of forwards to enable good ball to be made available.Now it was the turn of the young pretenders to take centre stage with Fairchild showing a clean pair of heels down the wing to set up a good position.With scrum half Matty Ross and the experienced Mike Jones at stand off orchestrating play the young McMahon brothers featured in the final quarter. Callum Mc Mahon in the centre for for his quiet but solid and confident link play and Liam McMahon on the wing for finishing off two fine tries.His first on the hour came from an initial break by Jones from half way linking with the ever alert Thompson who supplied the final pass to him. Then on 75 mins yet another Thompson break opened the way for Liam to show his pace and determination to score the final try of the match .Captain James Worralls accurate conversions sealing an important victory.
This week Egremont are the visitors to Audenshaw Park , the kick off now moved to the earlier time of 2.15 pm.