Chorley Panthers 40 - 10 Bury Broncos
Depleted Broncos brave in defeat
The Broncos went into this game missing 8 players from last week, 7 of those forwards. Two late withdrawals left them with only 15 men, one of whom had only registered during the week and another was only able to get there for half time. Despite this the team began well, matching the big Chorley team. A storming try from stand in second row Liam Sixsmith, which was goaled by Joe Cooke, cancelled out an earlier Chorley effort making the score 6-6. The Broncos were the better team in the opening quarter but with only one forward interchange they ran out of steam somewhat and fell behind to trail 16-6 at half time.
Chorley scored again at the start of he second half but bolstered by the arrival of Steve Critchley, the Broncos hit back when great hands along the line saw Jay Rawlinson feed young winger Sean Trudgeon, who finished well in the corner to make it 22-10. The Broncos were still in the game but when they lost Danny Kelly and Steve Critchley to injury, a lack of a bench saw Chorley pull away to a 34-10 lead. The Broncos never quit however and in the last minute of the game full back Sean Kelly put in a little grubber, which had he got to first would have led to a 34-16 scoreline which would have been a fairer reflection of the game. Instead the Chorley fullback beat him to the ball and ran 100 yards for the final score of the game: 40-10.
Huge performances from regular first teamers Farr and Kelly, Joe Cooke, Rob Pritchard, Jonathan Tindale, Liam Sixsmith and coach's Man of the Match Paul Kynaston. However, as much, if not more credit, should go to less regular first team performers Jack Stocks, James Tomlinson, SeanTrudgeon, Rob Gehlhaar and debutant Gerrard Collingborn who showed great promise for the future.