On paper this was always going to be a tough match against the reigning Cheshire Cup holders. Despite taking the ball from the first play AK were not able to make progress, Birkenhead Park stealing at the breakdown. This was going to set the tone for the game, Birkenhead were well organised and very quick to secure the ball whenever the ruck formed. They capitalised on four minutes scoring in the left hand corner. AK had defended several phases of play resolutely, but the overlapping man sent Birkenhead over the line.
Birkenhead dominated possession for the the rest of the half but were unable to capitalise on their advantage due to AK defending firm and not allowing Birkenhead to break the line. On the stroke of half time the lead was extended to 0-14 with another try in the corner. The try was harsh on Kersal who had worked hard to keep the score down.
The second half was a repeat of the first, Birkenhead dominating possession and Kersal defending firmly. Birkenhead ran in three further tries as the physical demands of the game took its toll on the Altrincham team. The intensity of the game brought a few niggles between the sides, the official seeing fit to reduce both team to 14 men late on.
Birkenhead were worthy of their win, but had to work hard for it.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.