Wigton 43 - 12 Aldwinians
Revenge for the Cumbrians with a seven try haul that the Audenshaw side couldn't resist.
Unbeaten in their last four games , ,and with an emphatic victory against Wigton at Audenshaw Park , the trip to Cumbria should have made with some confidence.With a strong following wind, the game started well enough as the Aldwinians pack took the game to their hosts with a series of good drives with all the forwards involved.A penalty brought a touch kick by full back Wade Martin
into the 22 area with the lineout generating a further series of mauls and rucks ,but the Wigton defence was resolute.Aldwinians were dominating the territory and moving the ball across the field, but often broke down with a knock on or lateral running.
Wigton made mistakes as well, as they battled against the wind,and they only made ground into the visitors half after 22 minutes.A couple of penalties for them followed, and due to the strong wind ,goalkicing was not an option.They opted for scrums and seemed to have the edge up front as they commanded the set piece.The Aldwinians line was getting closer ,and it was here that the defensive frailties and inexperience of the back row showed itself.Two tries came in relative fast succession in the 26th and 31st mins.Both from Wigton players peeling off from the mauls and diving over with limited defensive cover for a 10 -0 lead.back came Aldwinians from the restart with a near miss on the right after forward drives had opened up for the ball to swing from van Zyl in the centre to Alex Hughes
but the ball was knocked on 5mtre short of the line.The chance was still alive and from a scrum the drive was on and James Summerscales
touched down on 36 mins. Martins conversion made it 10 - 7 at half time.
Wigton now had the better of the elements and from the outset showed Aldwinians how they should have used the strong wind, rather than use up energy in consistent driving tactics.The use of the high ball, neatly gauged in terms of trajectory and pace, was a feature of the half.It had Aldwinians in all sorts of defensive disorganisation.Tries came at regular intervals starting with the defence being opened up in the 43rd minute after a kick forward and then to compound matters ,stand off Richard Mooney
passed into space with the Wigton centre gleefully accepted the pass to charge to the line.The scoreline raced to 22 -7 on 49 mins.
The scoring slowed as Wigtons eagerness brought errors and allowed Aldwinians to get back into the game.Play developed from midfield and with scrums taken from three Wigton penalties a try scoring position was manufactured with a try for Alex Hughes
out on the right wing on the hour mark.
Wigton focused on the kicking game in the final quarter which proved fruitful.A yellow card for Mitch Van Zyl for knocking a pass away with one hand didn't help the cause, and three further tries came in the 70th,72nd and 75th minutes to finish off the rout.Wigton had the right game plan and ensured a win bonus point.