AK U13s Progress to Cheshire Plate Semi-finals
Intense First Half Display Proves Too Much for Crewe & Nantwich
Having not played a competitive match for over a month, the AKRFC U13s were raring to face up to Crewe & Nantwich in the quarter finals of the Cheshire Plate competition.
From the kick-off, the Altrincham's intent was plain to see as rucks were won against the head and within 6 minutes, a slick move resulted in a try in the corner. The score would have increased minutes later if the ball had not been dropped with a free run to the Crewe line. This was followed by another failed attempt as Kersal were penalised for a double movement in getting the ball over the opposition line. On 13 minutes, AK managed to double their tally as the outside centre broke two tackles and sprinted clear to the line. A third try came as the Kersal forwards broke the defensive line and a fourth was added on the stroke of half time due to two sweet offloads by the AK back line.
The second half started in a similar vein to the first. AK collected the ball at the kick-off and following some slick handling in the backs, released the outside centre to score again. However, Crewe & Nantwich began to organise themselves and for the first time in the match, looked to make some territory; as a result they were rewarded with a try. In fact Crewe & Nantwich were starting to look a different team with some aggressive tackles and an ability to keep the ball alive. Both teams exchanged three tries apiece but it was Kersal who were attacking the Crewe line as the final whistle went.
Kersal now play either Winnington Park or Bowdon in the semi-finals.
Players: Fin Waterhouse, Harry Whitehurst, Elliott Cardy, Lonan Kearney, Caine Lehwald, Sam Mason, Kane McLennan, Tom Pattison, Isaac Povey, Sam Ridgway, Luis Tait, Sam Wadeson, Kieron Booth, Matteo Booth, Isaac Armostrong
Photos provided by Clare Massey.