Heaton Moor (17) vs Altrincham Kersal (32)
The Junior Colts continue their winning run
This was always an important match for Kersal to ensure they kept their chances of securing a league title within their control. AK got off to a great start turning over the ball from the kick off setting up phase after phase of play to put Heaton Moor on the back foot. Kersal's patience paid off on 7 mins when Tom Gill broke from 10 metres out to score following some excellent work by the forwards, protecting the ball at the breakdown and giving the backs something to work with. Max Brookes converted to give the away side a 0-7 lead.
The first half was very ill tempered, the ref seeing fit to send a Heaton Moor player to the bin early on for tripping. As the first half progressed things didn't hugely improve with a number of unnecessary off the ball incidents, spoiling what promised to be an excellent game. Heaton Moor pulled back three point on 18 minutes with a straight forward penalty. Kersal stuck to their game plan and were always in control of the game, Derry O'Driscoll scoring out wide following a quick penalty move. Within four minutes Heaton Moor had reduced the deficient back to two points with a converted try only them to be reduced to 14 after their centre deliberately punched an opponent off the ball, the referee had no option but to show a red card.
The second half was played in a much more disciplined manner by both teams. Within a minute of the restart Kersal were awarded a penalty, from which the backs produced some excellent free flowing rugby the ball eventually finding Cormac Grieves to score wide on the left.
The try of the day came after 42 minutes. Tom Sullivan turned over the ball on half way, quickly finding Tom Gill who took a hard line into the covering defence. Sam Walsh recycled to Sullivan again who played a cheeky pop pass to Will Tabbron who found Jay Thompson on the wing with a darting pass. Thompson ran onto the ball at pace fending of the covering defender and racing over from 20 metres to score. 10-22
Heaton Moor came close to scoring in the left hand corner, the home supporters convinced their man was through. They hadn't counted on the determination and aggression of Thompson and Walsh who doubled up to take the ball carrier out of play on the try line.
Kersal were now in well in control of the game and further extended the lead on 55 minutes. Ollie Joyce stole the ball from a Heaton Moor line out, Walsh picked up the ball and quickly found Tom Gill, the ball was delivered neatly to Grieves and in turn to Tabbron who again found Thompson on the wing to score his second of the game. 10-27.
Heaton Moor kept the fight going scoring on 57 minutes despite a valiant effort to hold the try scorer up over the line. They converted again to reduce the gap to 10 points 17-27.
With 10 minutes left to play Sam Walsh found himself in posession wide out on the left, he used his balance and pace to skip through Heaton Moor defence unchallenged to take the final score to 17-32.
A real test character, with the most deserving, and the better rugby playing side taking the win. Special mention to the forwards who more than matched their opponents in the line out and never shirked their role in the breakdown.
AK try scorers:
Jay Thompson (2)
Mx Brookes (1)