On a the nicest day of the year so far, Haydock welcomed Salford City Roosters to Yick Stadium on King George’s Park.
Haydock received from kick off, strong drive from Robbie Edwards, Ollie Smith and Kai Kearns got Haydock up the field, a booming kick from Keiron Jones saw Haydock complete a great set. Salford received the ball and returned the favour.
Strong drives from Ben Ashton, Logan Jones and Jamie Short gained hard yards for the Yickers. Quickly followed by great passing display from Keiron Jones, Owen Dalecki, Connor Johnson and Kai Kearns. A kick on the last tackle had Salford bringing it out of their own 10.
Salford gained yards up the pitch through a great run by on of their backs, Ollie Smith, Ewan Haughton, Robbie Edwards and Keiron Jones tackling well.
A schoolboy error saw Salford cross the line and convert taking the score to 0-6.
Strong drives from Logan Jones, Ollie Smith and great distribution from Caidan Hart-Wilson got Haydock up the pitch but lost the ball giving possession to Salford on half way.
Salford hit the Yickers hard and great defence from Robbie Edwards, Caidan Hart-Wilson, Ethan Ross, James Hobson and most noticeable, Connor Johnson stopped the Salford men in their tracks. A repeat set on Haydocks line saw the Salford men crash over for another try 0-12.
The Yickers were down but not out, storming runs from Jamie Short, Logan Jones and Ben Ashton gained valuable metres. A deft move from Keiron Jones and Connor Johnson got Haydock to the opposition 20 allowing Ben Ashton to crash over for the first of a brace, Keiron Jones converting, 6-12.
Salford gifted Haydock possession from the kick off, Haydock took advantage with Logan Jones and Robbie Edwards getting Haydock to the opposition 10 but a basic error saw the Yickers hand over possession.
Kai Kearns, Jamie Short and Owen Dalecki tackled well but Salford put on a spectacular passing lesson scoring to take the game to 6-18.
Ollie Smith, Ewan Haughton and Robbie Edwards tackled well.
Caidan Hart-Wilson scooted Haydock up the field and Connor Johnson went on a mazey run gaining valuable field position. Kai Kearns ran hard. Keiron Jones, Owen Dalecki and Connor Johnson worked well together passing the ball about and Keiron Jones went over for a try, only to have it disallowed for some reason.
Half time score 6-18.
The second half got underway, Haydock tackle well and attacked well. Straight away gained yards and Ben Ashton was tackled just 10 metres out, strong running from Kai Kearns was just held up by the battling Salfordians. Haydock sniffed blood and went in for the kill with a slick handling move which only resulted in losing possession unfortunately.
Salford ran hard, Keiron Jones and Ben Ashton both stepped up in defence and worked some great moves together, the best combination since steak pie met buttered barm
Haydock were expansive in attack with great passing going from one side of the pitch to the other, Ethan Ross tried to break down the flank but was just tackled in touch after a good run.
Tana Bayliss, Ewan Haughton, Jamie Short and Logan Jones ran hard and Ben Ashton finished off the set with a try, 12-18.
Haydocks fine defence kept the Salford men at bay but in the dying minutes, Salford crashed over but were held up, the try was given, 12-24 and the final whistle blew as the conversion was kicked.
The scoreline didn’t represent the effort shown and the great rugby on display, Haydock were very unlucky not to come away with the result. A bit more experience and the result will be different next time around. Haydock welcome Leyland to King George’s Park on Sunday for a 10:30am kick off.
Parents Award : Logan Jones for his work ethic, like a young Paul Gallen at age 13.
Warrior of the Match : Robbie Edwards for his fearless and textbook tackling and his strong running, he’s winning medals week on week and if he wore them all at once he’d slip a disc.
Coaches Award : Connor Johnson at fullback, it’s like having a heat seeking missile at fullback if anyone breaks through the line. And just like the Taxman, nobody gets away from Connor Johnson either.
Updated 21:43 - 8 May 2018 by Andy Howlett