U13s Narrowly Defeated at Bowdon
A Much Improved AK Side Has to Settle for Second Best in Close Encounter
Following the disappointment in the manner of the defeat against Wilmslow last week, AK U13s travelled to Bowdon in a return fixture from a fortnight ago.
From the kick-off, Altrincham were on the front foot with a scrum that looked much better than that of the opposition. It was therefore against the run of play when Bowdon scored; winning a ruck 5m from the Kersal try line and going blindside to beat the defence. From the restart, AK again looked to be making good progress before going down another score. This time, the Kersal defence were caught flat footed and Bowdon were able to side step inside for a free run to the try line. For a third time, Kersal looked to put pressure on Bowdon with a powerful forwards run being pulled down just short of the line and a superb clearance kick by the defence saw the play move back to Altrincham’s 22. From the throw-in, Bowdon managed to gain turnover ball and with another nifty side step, scored for a third time.
At this point, the watching supporters may have begun to worry about the final scoreline. However, despite being 15-0 down, it was arguable that Kersal had been the better side and this was proven through some excellent play where the ball was regularly recycled and the Altrincham wingers were allowed room to make some serious yardage. It was from one of these that AK scored their first try; the winger being held up just short of the Bowdon line, only for Kersal to pick up the ball from the base of the ruck, go blind side and dive over. A second score was added just before half-time as again, the wingers found space to run in a try.
The second half started with a Bowdon score as they went through a series of pick and go routines which Kersal found difficult to stop. Kersal responded with a try of their own as a Bowdon winger was caught without support, and at the breakdown it was AK who picked up the ball and ran unopposed to the line.
The next score was disappointing as Bowdon capitalised on Kersal carnage. Rather than make the ball safe, AK threw it around wildly which allowed Bowdon to collect the ball and score. However, Altrincham got it together and moving into the final quarter, looked by far the stronger team. This culminated in a superb team try as the ball was passed first one way, then the other, producing a significant overlap which Bowdon could not defend. Final score: Bowdon 25 – AKRFC 20.
Whilst the U13s were narrowly beaten, it was a significant improvement on the previous week. Despite going down three scores early on the game, they were competitive and for most of the match, looked the stronger team. If the game had been 10 minutes longer, they would almost certainly have won!
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