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Bangor 2nds
Carrickfergus 2nds
Sat 24 Feb 13:30 - League Full time

2nds impress against Carrick

Bangor 2nds ran in an impressive 9 tries against Carrick 2nds to keep them clear of the relegation battle in Provincial League Division 1.

This fixture kicked off earlier than usual which ensured that the players and supporters could also enjoy the 6 Nations games scheduled for later in the afternoon. Carrick got the game underway, while playing with a slight breeze for the first half.

The Bangor side was made up of an interesting mix of experience and youth. Of particular note was the inclusion of schoolboy Zach Kerr making his debut for Bangor from the substitute’s bench. However, within just 2 minutes of the kick-off, it was the experience of Phil Broderick who finished off a nice passing move to score under the Carrick posts. Nathan Graham added the conversion to put the home side ahead by 7-0. As the visitors struggled to break out of their own half, it looked like Bangor would soon add to their tally as they pounded the Carrick defence. However, somewhat against the run of play, and marking their first excursion into Bangor territory, Carrick broke free and caught the Bangor defence napping as they ran in an unconverted try to narrow the scores to 7-5.

If Carrick were hoping this score would lead to a close match, Bangor were to emphatically remove any chance of that as Broderick added another two tries, followed by excellent scores by Josh Nelson, Nathan Graham and Martin Withers to bring the half time scoreline to 34-5, and with the try scoring bonus point already secured.

The second half saw Bangor pick up where they left off with a breakaway try from captain Andrew Jackson after just 2 minutes. Shortly afterwards James Stewart added another when he crashed over in the right hand corner. However, the try of the day came after 13 minutes of the second half, when Bangor stopped a Carrick attack and turned the ball over inside their own twenty two. Quick passing got the ball to Zach Kerr on the left wing who set off down the touchline. With a combination of speed and agility, he evaded the desperate Carrick tackles before running through to touch down under the Carrick posts for a memorable score.

With the score now standing at 55-5 in Bangor’s favour, and with the Carrick players looking totally demoralised, the referee brought proceedings to a sensible early conclusion. While this win keeps Bangor at the lower end of the league table, they are now well clear of the teams below them in the relegation danger zone and, with a couple of games in hand, there is the potential to finish in mid-table which would be a great achievement in what has been a difficult season.

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