Forget the result...the Boys are back!!!
Ashton's under 13's put in their best performance of the season in this tense away day test.
Tyldesley 4 (3) -v- (1) 3 AOM
Having won 10-0 at Ashton earlier in the season, the hosts may have been forgiven for thinking this would be an easy return match. However, Ashton had other ideas and with a bit more luck could have won this contest.
Tyldesley took the lead mid way through the first half, but it was a very even contest with Ashton rucking and mauling well. However, Etienne scored a brilliant reply after a great phase of play, turning Tyldesley's defensive line inside out before racing over. The key phase of the match came late in the first half when the hosts scored two quick tries. The second was controversial but gave the score a flattering gloss as half time was called.
In the second period, Ashton came out fired up and got right back in the game with a second from Etienne from short range. Tyldesley
scored as the weather conditions worsened, but Ashton weren't finished and Seb powered over to reduce the deficit again. The Boys gave everything in the latter stages but just could not secure the territory they needed to attack from with a biting wind in their faces.
Man of the match could have gone to any of the men in maroon. Adam made the most of his limited opportunities on the wing, Etienne was full of running and the Ashton forwards were rock solid in the scrum. However, Michael had an imperious game at scrum half showing great handling and composure in difficult conditions and deservedly took the accolade.
Well played Lads!
Tries - Etienne (2), Seb
Man of the match - Michael