Altrincham Kersal (29) v (17) Liverpool Collegiate Senior Colts
Another five try haul see's AK take the points
Our visitors were an unknown quantity, both teams playing the previous season in different leagues. Liverpool's early season results suggested they were going to be a force to be reckoned with.
The game started evenly with both teams having their share of possession. Liverpool's strength was obvious from early on, their forwards were always looking to make ground through the middle and were a real handful to contain. Unlike recent weeks though Kersal managed to put points on the scoreboard first. Chris Sutton stole the ball at the line out from a Liverpool throw 10 metres from the visitors line, the Kersal backs moved the ball from right to left at pace finding Cormac Grieves with space to stride into and score easily.
Liverpool were not lying down though and took the lead six minutes later. Their forwards used their size and physicality well driving the Kersal defence further back at every opportunity. After six phases dominated by their pack Liverpool scored under the posts and converted to move to 5-7. Kersal knew the opportunities lay out wide and over the top of the defence and on 24 minutes Tom Sullivan exploited this by sending a low grubber kick towards the opposition line. Jacob Ansbro was the quickest to react and scoping up the ball before the defence could react, using his pace to step back inside and score. Max Brooks slotted over an easy conversion to give the hosts a five point lead.
Kersal should have taken advantage at this point, but again Liverpool came back at them and in a replica of their opening try pressed with their forwards. Altrincham could not contain the strength of their opposition and conceded the try on 27 minutes to tie the game at 12-12.
Right on half time Kersal regained the lead from a scrum 30m out. Sullivan kicked again, this time a high, deep box kick which dropped 10m short of the line. Hesitation in the Liverpool defence allowed Ansbro to take advantage to score his second of the game, Brooks converting to give Kersal a 19-12 lead at the break.
Now the home side were looking to extend their lead and they did so four minutes into the second half. Sam Walsh had kicked deep to touch from a penalty. AK won the line out, but the referee blew for an infringement. From a quick tap, Aaron Antrobus burst over from 5m, Liverpool helpless in their attempts to stop him. The gap was now 12 points and gave Kersal a little breathing space. Liverpool knew they had it in them to strike back and 19 minutes later they did just that, taking advantage of Kersal indiscipline on their own 5m line to peg the score back to 24-17.
Kersal still looked the most composed of the two teams and made sure of the win with five minute left on the clock. Fabio Higginson stole the ball at the breakdown, Sullivan saw the gap in defence on the blindside and switched the play to send the on-rushing Will Holland through from 30m metres out to complete a 29-17 victory.
AK remain at the top go the league with four wins from four.
Tries - Cormac Grieves (1) Jacob Ansbro (2), Aaron Antrobus (1), Will Holland (1)
Conversions - Max Brookes (2)