Chorley Panthers/ RochdaleCobras 12 (tries) Widnes Vikings 7(tries)
The Panthers were short on numbers this week, as a lot of the team where busy on holiday and other important distractions. Candice, Amber, Becky, Chloe and Emma flew the flag for the Panthers and Rochdale Cobras supported them with 4 players, two making debuts to keep the winning streak going.
The game started well for the Panthers, they were on the score board from the first set of six when Becky side stepped a defender and run in Panthers first try. The Panthers and Cobras were caught out cold and let in a soft try on the very next set. Becky replied with a quick scoot over the line to put us 1 up again, but again the Vikings levelled straight away.
This continued on for the next few sets when Holly from the Cobras crossed the whitewash with 3 great tries but the Vikings responded well scoring three tries as well with some good tactical kicking near line. Candice and Becky got through a tremendous amount of tackling and started to control the game, leading by example encouraging the Cobras and Panthers in getting our defence into shape, at last we started to gain the upper hand. Emma had her best game so far scooting near the line at every opportunity and getting stuck in with the tackling. Amber caught a great pass from Becky out wide and went over to score her first try of the season (Well done!!) pushing a Viking out of the way for good measure, a just reward for being caught in the jaw for the third time. Amber didn’t want to leave the field and let her team down and soldiered on to the end of the match. Great courage!
Half time came and Dave set to work building on what Candice and Becky had put together in the first half and re-strengthened the defence. The team sniffed victory was theirs for the taking and were keen to take to start the second half,
Becky opened the score notching up her hat trick and this time the Vikings couldn’t reply as everyone had listened to Dave (Works some time’s Dave) and everyone started to work together to achieve a strong defensive line at last.
Candice led from the front clocking up a high tackle count and Becky kept the Vikings at bay due to some hard hitting tackles from the first half. Chloe drove the ball well with some good yards and is settling into the team well. Emma’s quick passing from dummy half and slick passing resulting in Candice powering through with a fine individual try.
The Vikings never gave up Panthers but didn’t have as much joy only penetrating our defence only a couple of times. Chloe and Emma did everything asked of them working well together to finish of the tackles, both players gaining in confidence as the match progressed.
Territorial advantage shifted to the home team as Becky and Holly scored their fourth tries each and Candice ran in two more for her hat trick. The game finished with the Panthers and Cobras in full control.
Well done to everyone, you showed good spirit and determination to pull together and turned what was a hard match into a good victory, all the more satisfying that everyone stepped up to the mark. Well done to the Cobra girls and look forward to the next match.
Well done girls !!
Holly Coburn 4
Becky Greenfield 4
Amber Bishop 1