2XV back to winning ways beating Glossop 35-8
settling the score from their earlier cup defeat
Altrincham Kersal 2XV 35-8 Glossop 2XV
Altrincham Kersal 2XV returned to Stelfox Avenue to face off against Glossop 2XV this weekend in the league. Aiming to get the long awaited win, they had a score to settle with the opposition after their cup defeat away at Glossop earlier on in the season.
It was Glossop that struck early on and seized their opportunity to take the lead as they slotted over one of 2 attempted penalties to go 3-0 up after 7 minutes. Kersal's response was instant, and on the 10 minute mark it was full-back Jack Snoddy who returned to scoring form and he found space out wide to score the game's first try, giving Kersal a 5-3 lead. 10 minutes later Kersal extended their leading margin as fly-half Derry Keohane crossed the try line for his first of 2 tries in the game. This kick started Kersal into action and soon afterwards it was Ishmael who exploited space in the Glossop defensive line to score and take the score to 15-3. After half an hour, Glossop ill-discipline saw them reduced to 14 men after a high tackle and Kersal took advantage of this on the stroke of half-time as fly-half Derry burrowing over from short range - making the half-time lead 20-3 in Kersal's favour.
As expected Glossop began the second half in physical fashion after their poor first half. 10 minutes into the half, Kersal suffered a yellow card and soon afterwards a try, as the Glossop forwards bundled over the tryline for their first and only try of the match. Kersal responded in the right manner as when back to full strength, they began playing on the front foot and pressurising the opposition defense and it was centre Tony O'Connor who found his way over the try line, to restore Kersal's points margin. Another yellow card on the hour mark for a high tackle did not halt the waves of Kersal attacks. A length of the field play with fantastic support play by all involved put winger Dan Oliver over for the try to take the score to 30-8. Soon after kick off, Kersal managed to retain possession and quickly spread the ball out wide, allowing second rower Aaron Antrobus to power his way up the pitch through tackles into the opposition 22 and put winger George Sanders over for the game's final action.
From dominating performances across the back row from Si Betts, Micah Dyos and skipper Jon Dodd, to players such as winger turned scrum-half Andy Frain stepping into unfamiliar roles, it was a good day at the office as spectators were pleased to see Kersal 2XV return to winning ways playing a good brand of rugby to watch - although the less said about the kicking off the tee, the better! With the full-time score reading 35-8, there was a fantastic feeling within the squad as they returned to winning ways, raising their position in the league table as well.
Tries: Jack Snoddy, Derry Keohane (x2), Ismail Bashir, Tony O'Connor, Dan Oliver, George Sanders
Aiming to carry on the winning performances into December, Kersal 2XV take a break from the league next week and play their final cup pool game at home against Broughton Park 2XV next weekend. This being another match where there will be extra incentive as they aim to put right the loss they suffered against Broughton Park 2XV earlier on in the season in the league.
Report by: Andy Thomas