Cracking Easter finish to AK2's season
2's finished their season with an away trip to Glossop on Saturday
Altrincham Kersal's 2nd XV finished their season with an away trip to Glossop on Saturday. With damp conditions and a swirling wind in the air, Kersal knew they had to master the basics early on to stake a claim against what looked to be a sizable opposition.
Early exchanges saw both teams taking a physical approach towards their attack, with Glossop getting the game's first try after a sustained attack found a hole in the Kersal defense. This didn't dampen Kersal spirits as after maintaining possession and pressure Kersal fired back with a try of their own from Ethan Kennedy. This score spurred Kersal going towards half-time, with a powerful run from centre Jack Snoddy allowing Kersal to take control and a lead into the break, 14-7 up.
With the threat of rain in the air, the second half kicked off with Kersal immediately forcing a Glossop error. Extended pressure in attack and defense from forwards and backs alike. After a set-piece from the pack gave the backs a platform to create phases of pressure and possession, this lead to number 8 Aaron Loftus making a clean break on the wing and scoring in the corner. Kersal took their foot off the gas after this score, allowing Glossop to score a try not soon after the kick-off. This score however did not dishearten the Kersal players, in fact spurring them on to improve and return to playing to their gameplan. One last try created by the Kersal backs and finished by Ishmael Bashir, who himself had been evading tackles all match, put them 2 scores ahead and again in further control of the game. Another solid defensive finish to a game, with Glossop seeking to finish the game on a high pushing for promotion themselves, ensured that the Kersal came away with a well deserved win to the delight of the travelling support.
The win capped off a good month and was the end of the 2nd team's campaign for the season. The season sees them finish 4th in the 'Sale Sharks Division 2 South', just shy of the promotion places. With the all of the team in good spirits, it leaves them in good position to push onwards into next season to chase success.
Tries: Ethan Kennedy, Aaron Loftus, Jack Snoddy, Ishmael Bashir
Conv: Jordan Roberts (x2)
Report by: Andy Thomas