Ashton v Salford Roosters
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We all welcomed back the end of the summer break and today Salford City Roosters visited Bear Park for the return game.
With the game underway Jay Wright took the kick off and made the first drive up the centre of the field and into an obviously up for it Roosters defensive line.
The set finished with a good kick from Aiden Hampson under pressure which had just a little too much weight on it by inches and went dead in goal.
Roosters first set was met with a big hit from Ben Turner but a little too high for the referees liking to give them an early penalty.
The Roosters number One had been picked out before the game began as the danger man and so it was to be that the Roosters attack after moving the ball left then right found the leggy fullback who opened up his stride on the outside to open the scoring and give the away team the lead, goal converted for a 0-6 lead.
The Bears answered back however not long after following good drives and yards to get up onto the Roosters line. The Bears managed to get two repeat sets from Roosters mistakes and the pressure told when Harry Leather had too much and carried two or three defenders over the line to get ball down. The kick was converted by Henry Webster, game on.
The standard of rugby continued to be high with both sides putting in solid drives and tackles, both Alfie Shearer and Tonis Tomkus in particular working hard for the team.
Salford re took the lead before half time taking the ball out wide
Left and finding extra numbers to score in the corner. Conversion missed 10-6 into HT
In the second half the Roosters pressed more and more and a couple of knock ons led to a Roosters Third try with the Bears sliding defence not quite quick enough leaving the Roosters with greater numbers outside.
Try converted 16-6.
The Bears were not done and they stayed in touch with Izzy Rowe touching down to make the game 16-10 however The Roosters struck again now seemingly looking to have done enough, again in the left corner to take the game out to 20-10.
With minutes to go and with what I'm sure will go down as the try of the season a resolute Bears guided by Man of the match Aiden Hampson found the last try of the game. A fifth tackle play, Hampson kicking and putting the ball on a sixpence for an onside Niall Spruce who still had work to do to collect on the right wing, bust an attempted tackle and score in the corner.
The final score a more than respectable 14-20
Man of the match - Aiden Hampson
Coaches award - Tonis Tomkis
Parents choice - Alfie Shearer
Opponents choice - Aiden Hampson.