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Clock Face Miners A
Bury Broncos A
Sat 30 Sep 14:30 - League Full time

Broncos end season with gutsy away defeat

The Broncos traveled to third placed Clock Face knowing a win would see them finish fourth in the table.

However, a late no show and no less than four players who were held up at work unexpectedly left them severely stretched and everyone pitched in, with Chairman Ryan Lewis playing a full game and the two coaches and Rob Gehlhaar (who had traveled intending to keep stats) putting their boots on to get the game on.

Clock Face on the other hand, were at full strength with a team of ex-conference league players and a backline of last season's U18s, the casual observer could have been forgiven as seeing this game as having only one result.

However, once the game began it was far from one sided, with the Bury forwards taking the game to Clock. And with both defences dominant, the game was scoreless until Sean Kelly hit Jonno Taylor who burst through the line, and fed the ball back to Kelly, with 3 defenders closing in on him, and the full back in front the scrum half produced a wonderfully weighted chip and re gather to score a great try - Jay Rawlinson successful with he conversion 0-6.

Clock Face were visibly shocked and increasingly their frustrations resulted in foul play. The Broncos faced up to the challenge well, not taking a backward step. However a defensive lapse just before half time saw the home side score to send the teams in at half time at 6-6.

The game continued in the same vein as the first half - the ref several times warning Clock face players for high tackles - but still the Broncos stuck manfully to the task. Only ten minutes from time did they crack, the Clock face loose forward struggling over for a dubious touchdown 10-6.

Five minutes later, they went in again out wide, when a tired Bury defence ran short of numbers. There was just time for the ref to award a sending off that was a long time coming to the Clock Face prop before the final whistle saw the game end at 14-6 to the home side.

First team coach Dave Kelly said "There were the usual solid performances from Steve Critchley, Jonno Taylor, Danny Kelly and Liam Sixsmith but man of the match would have to be the veteran Dave Latham who put in an error free performance, and the two teenagers in their first season at open age ,Sean Trudgian and Gary Kabamba both of whose progress this season has been outstanding.
Halton A giving a 24 - 0 to Leyland meant that the team finished the season in a very creditable fifth place. My congratulations to Coach Paul Kynaston on a fantastic first season in charge of the team, and to all the players today on a fantastic and gutsy performance in a game they were unlucky to lose".

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