Haydock travelled to deepest Salford to play Langworthy on a special day because there was a big yellow ball in the sky which was quite warm, someone said it was called the Sun.
Haydock chose to kick to Langworthy who played uphill in the first half and struggled to get out of their half despite their monster pack with Haydock stopping them in their tracks. Haydock got the ball back and a silky move from scrum half Keiron Jones sent Connor Johnson under the posts ghosting through the oppositions defensive line as if they weren’t there for the first try, Keiron Jones converting. 0-6.
Haydock kicked to Langworthy who worked hard in attack mobilising their powerful trio of big lads to get them up the field and to score despite Haydocks valiant efforts. 6-6.
Robbie Edwards ran strongly and made 50 metres but was unlucky to have the ball knocked out of his grasp, Langworthy then went to the other end and scored. 12-6.
Langworthy hit the flanks but were kept at bay by the tough tackling from centre wing partnership of Jamie Short and Ethan Ross.
Ben Ashton made lots of yards to piggy back Haydock up the field, Logan Jones and James Hobson also running strongly to gain yards. Another silky special from Keiron Jones sent Connor Johnson over again, this time Johnson having to side step a few more defenders, Keiron Jones converting, 12-12.
Owen Dalecki ran hard and looked dangerous with the ball in hand but couldn’t find his way through the strong defence.
Langworthy pounded the Haydock line with Caidan Hart-Wilson stepping up with the heart of a lion to text book tackle their monster prop who was 3 x times his size to bring him down 5 metres in front of the Haydock sticks, the Salfordians took advantage of the mayhem in defence and crossed the line out wide and missed the conversion taking the scores to 18-12 at half time.
The second half got underway and Langworthy caught Haydock napping taking advantage of a loose carry to cross over 24-12.
Ben Ashton got Haydock up the pitch again falling short of the line, Haydock pounded the line and James Hobson crashed over to score a legitimate try, the ref ruling he was held up due to being on the other side of the action unfortunately, however, karma kicked in and Robbie Edwards stormed in for his first try of the season and celebrated with a dance called the ‘floss’ (No, I don’t know either). Keiron Jones sure footed with the boot to take the scores to 24-18, not far behind.
Kai Kearns, Todd Wood and Ollie Smith ran hard to make valuable ground for Haydock and the game ebbed and flowed. Langworthy crossed again for a very dubious try and converted to take the scores to 30-18 but Haydock never gave in.
Langworthy dropped a Keiron Jones kick with debutant Ewan Haughton picking up the ball and almost scoring but just getting bundled into touch just yards from the line.
Haydock worked hard in defence and showed real grit and determination with Ben Ashton working like a Trojan to keep Langworthy at bay.
Lightening quick fullback Connor Johnson raced the full length of the uphill pitch in soft ground with 3 defenders persuing him all the way, a brilliant try that Martin Offiah would have been proud of and could have been on the old VHS tape ‘101 Top Rugby League Tries’, Jones again dead-shot with the boot.
Langworthy were on the rack, Haydocks fitness and will to win were in full flow and if Haydock would have had another set, they’d have scored again but the referee blew for full time.
Final score :
Langworthy 30-24 Haydock
Warrior of the Match was Caidan Hart-Wilson for 2 x bone crushing tackles on the opposition big lads.
Coaches award was Connor Johnson for his hat trick of tries and his brilliant cover defence.
Parents Award went to Ben Ashton who continues to grow in confidence every week and is showing real leadership qualities this season working really hard in defence.
Special mention to Robbie Edwards for his try and his ‘floss’ celebration afterwards.
Updated 21:09 - 20 Mar 2018 by Andy Howlett