Junior Colts edged out in a close encounter
After a recovery week last weekend the team arrived for this fixture having worked hard in the mid week training sessions. Sandbach was a fixture we felt we could compete in. The team started brightly with most of the first 20 minutes spent inside the Sandbach half. The game was very stop start, the referee blowing up at any sign of an infringement which prevented either side from notching up an early score.
In one of Sandbach’s first forays into the Kersal 22, after almost 20 minutes they took a quick tap penalty. They recycled the ball quickly after good defensive work by Kersal to slow the attack, but Sandbach regrouped in numbers and were able to find a way through to score. The remainder of the first half was shaded by Sandbach, but Altrincham’s defence neutralised any threat.
Sandbach spent the early encounters of the second half threatening to add to the score. On 42 minutes Kersal were reduced to 14 men when the referee produced a yellow card for repeated handling in the ruck. Sandbach capitalised immediately, from a 5m scrum their no. 8 picked up and made a break for the line to extend Sandbach’s lead to 12-0.
A change in formation in the back line looked liked it was going to pay off for Kersal, the ball was moving much quicker through hands. Better decision making and a simpler choice of pass could have given Kersal a route back in to the game.
In the end the game was settled by two questionable penalties and a failure to capitalise when in possession. All in all a much better performance than recent weeks.