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First - Match centre

C McMahon
Full time
J Worrall
Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - North Lancs/Cumbria

Aldwinians 8 Burnley 7

The Audenshaw side edge out the visitors with a last minute penalty to secure their first league points of the season.

With memories of the 20-30 away cup victory over Burnley still sharp in the mind from two weeks ago-that flowing display of first half of rugby , and their opponents strong recovery in the second half,-there was much to consider as both teams took to the field at Audenshaw Park.
Heavy rain greeted the players with Aldwinians turning out a pack that showed significant changes again for the third week in succession, but a more settled back line.The early exchanges looked ominous for the home side as Burnley sought to build on their opening league match victory over Hawcoat Park.Two early penalties against Aldwinians for forward infringements and then the first scrum sent in reverse had them on the defensive.This trend continued for the first 18 minutes, but Aldwinians defence was excellent and Burnley failed to convert their pressure into points.
Turning defence into attack, the backs under the team captaincy of Callum McMahon for the day, took the game into Burnleys half for a period of pressure for 10 mins but they found their opponents defence as resolute as their own.The stalemate was broken in the 37th minute when scrum half Gethin Edwards, beavering around the base released his backs to the right around half way.A sweeping move upfield caught Burnley off guard and neat interpassing led to Callum McMahon retaking the final pass to stride out to the line for a fine try for a 5-0 half time lead.
The second period started more positively for the home pack who drove on for Burnley to concede a penalty, win the resulting line out, and the backs pressed down the right.However, the optimism was short lived when the first response from the visiting pack was not closed down early enough ,giving momentum to their attack and a try on 50 minutes, converted for a 5-7 lead. Credit to the Aldwinians forward pack,they absorbed continued pressure until the hour mark preventing Burnley from making the inroads achieved in the second half of the cup game, and survived a penalty kick at goal,until territorial advantage started to change.
Opportunities were created for the three quarters but overanxiousness led to a few dropped passes when tries looked likely. Reflecting back, the team only scored a second half penalty in their previous Burnley cup encounter, but to do the same this week, would have a more profitable outcome. That opportunity came in the 78 min when pressure in mid field on the 22 line generated a Burnley mistake and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. James Worrall made no mistake with his kick and Aldwinians had the lead at 8 -7.A nervous final count down which included a missed do or die 45 mtre penalty attempt from Burnley brought the game to a winning end.
Other results – the 2nds beat Capenhurst 1st 40-52 , the 3rds went down 0-28 at home to Old Bedians 2nd, and the 4ths overcame Village Spartans 2nd 12-24.On Sunday the u18 Colts went to Preston Grasshoppers and won 10-26.We wish a speedy recovery to prop James Sharples who was taken to hospital with a head injury in that game.

It’s our final Kids First Champion for the season! David ‘Flats’ Flatman and two special guests surprise Ellingham & Ringwood RFC.

Key moments

Try Callum McMahon scores for Aldwinians
Penalty James Worrall kicks a penalty for Aldwinians


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78:00 Penalty 8 - 0
James Worrall kicks a penalty for Aldwinians
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37:00 Try 5 - 0
Callum McMahon scores for Aldwinians
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As it happened

  • Aldwinians
  • Burnley
  • 0
  • Callum McMahon Try 37:00'
  • James Worrall Penalty 78:00'

Team selection

Van Zyl, Wynand Van Zyl, Wynand
Van Zyl, Mitchell Van Zyl, Mitchell
Henderson, Jamie Henderson, Jamie
McMahon, Callum McMahon, Callum
Kern, Lee Kern, Lee
Mooney, Richard Mooney, Richard
Edwards, Gethin Edwards, Gethin
Tootill, David Tootill, David
Moreland, Mike Moreland, Mike
Gilbertson, Paul Gilbertson, Paul
Singleton, Michael Singleton, Michael
Mooney, Alex Mooney, Alex
Gidman, Andy Gidman, Andy
Gibson, Tyler Gibson, Tyler
Lyons, Danny Lyons, Danny

League round up

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Hawcoat Park


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Tarleton 26 75
8. Trafford MV 26 64
9. Aldwinians 26 62
10. Fleetwood 26 60
11. Littleborough 26 45
12. Hawcoat Park 26 34
13. Eccles 26 31

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