Report by KO'B
We had three aims at the start of the season, enjoy ourselves, 1000 points and teach the league final. On Saturday we failed to reach the final by losing to a good Tyldsley side, who if they put that team out each Saturday would have beaten Oldham & Aspull to the top spot in our league. The good news is that we reached 1000 points in our league and cup games and finally judging by the number of people who made themselves available to play for the 5’s on Saturday I think everyone who play for us enjoy themselves. Even with injuries to Barts, Bish, Tim, Alex, Anton and Franco (yes even Franco) and with Bill lording it up on the manor we still had 20 players and unfortunately I could not include James Ellis in the squad (sorry James) I also wish to applogise to the subs as with the game being so close it was only with ten minutes to go I could bring Steve, Dave Bonser, Shack and Tim on to the pitch, James Mac also came on earlier for James Cooley. I even had Rob H willing to travel back from Bristol if we did not have enough players.
We started the game with only 14 players as Cesaire’s bus turned up late but after good play from Kegs & Ben O’B up the middle a good miss pass from KOB to the returning Jamie TS after injury made a break through the middle drew the full back and put James Cooley in under the posts 7-0.
Back came Tyldsley to score a penalty 7-3. Cesaire then arrived. The from a dropped pass on the half way line their centre scored the first of three tries when he picked up the ball headed down the wing chipped over KOB and got the luck of the bounce to pick up score 7-8. Within the next ten minutes he scored two further tries one on the right using an overlap and then from a break on the left when our two defenders both went for the same man and he had an easy run in. 7-18. The only clear opening we made following that was when James Cooley was put away down the left wing only to be tackled into touch five yards short of the try line.
Half Time 7-18
Where were the oranges Jake Smith you were supposed to bring them on we were gagging for them. The second half started and we were making our way up the field with good play from our forwards with Geoff Bowling, James Durkan and Leo more than holding their own against a larger front row and with Dave Goley doing well in the line out things started to look better. Jack, Kami and Joe Noone were working hard in the loose and Yonner was pointing them in the right direction. We pressured Tyldsley in their 22 and eventually were rewarded with a try from Ben O’B after a jinking run was held up on the line but with the help of Kegs was able to ground the ball to score 14-18. At this stage we seemed to be getting stronger but Tyldsley worked their way down the field and from a scrum outside our 22 they broke blind and only an ankle tap from Cesaire and some good defence kept them out. Unfortunately from the next play we were given offside and they scored with the penalty to make it 14-21. We then nearly scored when Kegs broke through and when eventually been tackled he tried to feed Deep Heat but there was a knock on. Then from a break on the half way line Tyldsley scored in the corner following a grubber kick 14-26. That left us ten minutes to score two converted tries but it was not to be. It was a great effort by the lads but the experience of Tyldsley won the day. They were more clinical than ourselves when the opportunities arose and slowed down the play when necessary. They were also more streetwise than our players.
We wish them all the best and hope they beat Macclesfield because we want a team from the East Division to confirm our league is the strongest.
I would on behalf of the players thank everyone for the support on Saturday especially the ones who wanted us to win!!! When we converted the second try on Saturday we completed our target of 1000 points for the season for the second year running with not a single penalty kick (Bish take note) or drop goal. This now leaves us two home games to go, this Saturday against Village Spartans and Saturday 28th against North Manchester. Lets finish the season in style.