2's triumph over local rivals Bowdon
in a fantastic derby win with great away support.
Bowdon 2XV 15 - 21 Altrincham Kersal 2XV
Refreshed after a week off, Kersal 2nd XV knew going into their last away fixture of the season, that a win against local rivals Bowdon would further secure their league place in second place and leave promotion in their hands.
On a sunny day where winter looked to have finally disappeared, it was Kersal that started the match on the front foot, despite the difference in size, the Kersal pack set about demolishing the opposition pack in the scrum, which spurred on the entire team. Off the back one of these scrums, it was the Kersal scrum-half James Dennis, returning to old haunts, that crossed for the game's first try - much to the delight of the Kersal squad who mobbed him in celebrations. Another nicely worked try by the backs off the back of another set-piece put James Coulson over for the game's second try. Kersal went in the half-time break 12-5 up.
Despite maintaining territory and a missed penalty opportunity, it was Kersal's ill-discipline that allowed Bowdon back into the match in the second half. With just less than 10 minutes to go, it was Bowdon that took the lead with a penalty to go 15-14 ahead, Kersal knew that they had to make a response, it was now or never. Pressure from the restart forced Bowdon into errors, putting Kersal on the front foot. Powerful forward running and waves of attacking rugby from short range lead to a build up of pressure on the Bowdon line and it was powerhouse second-row that crashed over the line underneath the post which put Kersal 21-15 with only minutes left on the clock. Kersal held the composure and closed out the match to grab the win, to the delight of the players and visiting spectators.
Tries: James Dennis, James Coulson, Chris Weighell
Conv: James Coulson (x3)
The win sees Kersal lie 2nd in the table; next weekend we play Winnington Park 2XV at home in their penultimate league match of the season