U13s Frozen Out of Cheshire Cup
Ramsey Prove to be Too Strong for AK
On Sunday, the Altrincham Kersal U13s travelled to Birkenhead to play their first round Cheshire Cup match against the Isle of Man team, Ramsey. With heavy snow forecast, it was touch and go as to whether this game would be called off, but the snow never really arrived and no-one wanted to disappoint the Manxmen who had made the 5 hour ferry crossing. Unfortunately it was Kersal who left disappointed having been hammered 65 – 5.
The waterlogged pitch and sub-zero temperatures had AK on the back foot from the start. The team are like a diesel engine: they perform wonderfully when warmed but are dead sluggish when its cold. Ramsey on the other hand, were able to instantly turn on the gas and ran in try after try with some strong running by the centre backs and woeful tackling from the defending side. A Kersal try (a fine interception) just before half time gave the team some lift, but it was still 45 – 5 to Ramsey.
The second half saw a significant improvement in Altrincham’s game but they were somewhat punch-drunk. Ramsey ran in a further five tries and the game ended with Kersal crossing the opposition try line only for the ball to be dropped when attempting to touch down – an act that summed up the morning’s performance.
Kersal will now drop into the Plate competition and will look forward to see who they draw for the next round to be played on the 14th January. Let us hope that the weather warms up by then.
Players: Matteo Booth, Luis Tait, Caine Lehwald, Sam Moss, Lonan Kearney, Jack Berry, Kane McLennan, Isaac Armstrong, Connor Hill, Elliott Cardy, Kieron Booth, Sam Mason, Fin Waterhouse, Isaac Povey