The visitors got an early try in the left corner as again the Chorley lads were slow out of the blocks today and the conversion gave Pats a 6 nil lead. But it wasn't long before the Panthers got into their stride with Dean Mattinson
and lewis smith
rampaging through the Wigan defence which gave the halves Tom Flanagan and Dan Helme
plenty of opportunity to play rugby. Hooker Tom Carter was on fire today and he scored the first of his three tries on the 10th minute and this was followed up soon after when Flanagan darted over for the first of his brace. Chorley took a 12 - 6 lead into the break but it was still anybody's game.
The hosts played a more controlled game in the second half which helped them with possession and territory. They built good pressure and dominated the opposition for the first twenty minutes of the second half. This resulted in a further two scores for Carter and another opportunist effort from Flanagan and with full back Ben Jones on form with the boot the Panthers had built a 30 - 6 lead with 15 minutes remaining.
As is often the case the game was now over in the minds of the Chorley team and the job was done. But credit to the Wigan side they came straight back at us and with a further three tries in the closing stages they really made a game of it. A lesson learnt today for all concerned and you really can't relax for one second in this game.
Stand out forward today was lewis smith
and Tom Carter just edged Tom Flanagan for the Man of the Match Award. But praise must go to the small squad today and each player who gave his all to secure the result.
We travel to Wigan next week to take on the same opposition in the first round of the cup.