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Match day report by Frank Bradshaw

4 years ago By Stephen Davies

Haydock 40 -v-26 Shevington Sharks Half time H 26-v-22 SS

Haydock visitors where Shevington, and for the early stages of this match, the defences where not on top, but to the neutral supporter, it was a very exciting game.which saw six tries scored in the opening 18mins. The scoring started in the 2nd min. after receiving the
ball from a Shevington mistake, Haydock went on the attack, got to 30mtrs of their line and Jordan Gibson put a smart lob kick up, in which he chased after and collected and went in from 20mtrs to score a fine try, Dean Dollin converted to put Haydock 6 - 0 in front after 2mins. Shevington where putting a attack within 20mtrs of the Haydock line, but a wayward pass was not collected and Josh Jackson scooped the ball up, and went downfield but he was eventually hauled down about 20mtrs from their line, a penalty was awarded to Haydock, and Wayne Dollin went close, and from acting half back Hooker Gary Anderton forced
his way over to score, Karl Dingsdale converted to give Haydock a 12 - 0 lead after 6mins. Good tackling from Danny Gee and Dave Frodsham prevented Shevington scoring, but a penalty kick was awarded to the Wigan side, and Shevington got their first try coming from good rugby and a perfect pass to prop Chris Bates saw him go in near the posts, the conversion was missed, and Haydock held a 12 - 4 lead after 9mins. Haydock's discipline gave Shevington another free kick, and they moved the ball out well, with Haydock missing tackles, there centre moved swiftly downfield and sent a perfect pass to their full back Brad Wallace who sprinted in to score under the posts, John Dunn converted and the score was now 12 - 10 in Haydock's favour after 13mins. Straight from the kick off Haydock got the ball, and went back on the attack, and received a free kick, moved the ball out, and Jordan Gibson side stepped around defenders to score a great try, under the posts, for Karl Dingsdale
to convert and make it 18 - 10 to Haydock after 16mins. Shevington where not lying down and from the kick off moved the ball out well, and when their winger got it John Bates he sped down the wing some poor tackling from Haydock allowed him to run 50mtrs and score near the posts, converted by John Dunn made it 18 - 16 to Haydock after 18mins, and your 6th try in 18mins. A good run from Dean Dollin who made about 40mtrs , but nothing came off it. A good run from Daryl Rotherham put Haydock in a good position, and where awarded a free kick for foul play, Haydock quickly moved the ball through many pairs of hands, till it came to Dean Dollin who used his pace when he saw the gap and darted through it and scored in the corner to make it 22 - 16 to Haydock after 23mins. On 32mins and the visitors pressing they put a move on which saw their loose forward to go in for a try, but the referee disallowed it for obstruction quite rightly. Haydock where awarded a penalty a good run from Chris Smith made good ground, and Haydock got a penalty, That put Haydock in a good position, and they swung the ball out along the line, and Rob Sexton sent the final pass to Danny Gee who burst through the visitors defence to score a good try, and put Haydock 26 - 16 in front after 35mins. But back came the wiganers, and Haydock defending their line, gave away 2 free kicks in a row, to put themselves under more pressure, and the pressure paid off when their scrum half went over, knocking of tackles to score, near the post, scrum half Chris Dunn converted by John Dunn making the Half Time score Haydock leading by 26 - 22

Haydock started the second half, putting pressure on the Shevington's line, with Danny Gee going close, and once again Gary Anderton went over from close to register his 2nd try after 46mins to put Haydock 30 - 22 in front. From the resulting kick off Dave Frodsham just knock the ball on, and put Shavington in a good position, moving the ball about, their Loose Forward Danny Owens went over to score only to find out the referee had disallowed it for obstruction in the50th minute . Dean Dollin had to leave the field of play, with a injury, and Josh Jackson reverted to Full Back. Haydock with some good passing and running made good groundage, and where soon parked on the Shevington line, Ryan Whitley who was just stopped on the line, managed to release the ball, in which Jordan Gibson picked up, and side stepped his way over for his Hat Trick try in the 52mins, to put Haydock in a comfortable lead of 34 - 22. in the 58th minute a great run from Danny Gee went straight through the Shevington defence and went about 40mtrs and sent a pass out to the winger, but was adjudged forward by the referee. The next period was the longest time in the match that a try had'nt been scored, but it was Shevington who where putting all the pressure on The Yickers But Haydock where guilty of giving to many penalties away and at one stage they gave 3 consectitive panalties, and there defence had to be strong, good tackling from Danny Gee, Jordan Gibson, Josh Jackson, Daryl Rotherham, kept them out, until the 70 minutes after a free kick the ball was kick high to the corner, the ball just went over Dave Frodsham straight into their wingers hands Nick Rimmer who touch down in the corner for a try, to put Shevington trailing now by 34 - 22.
The last 10 minutes would seem a lifetime, and still Shevington, where giving it their all, to try and get another score, but Haydock's defence was holding firm this time. Jordan Gibson who was having a great game, and once again his kicking game was spot on , as he drove Shevington back downfield with a perfect kick. Shevington inside their own 22mtrs passing the ball along the line trying to find a opening, the ball went wide towards their winger, and then in a flash, Karl Dingsdale came in between them and intercepted the pass and scooted 30mtrs to score under the posts, converted the try himself, and put match to sleep,in the 77th minute and Haydock winning the match by 40 - 26. A really entertaining match, but a couple of more injury problems for Haydock
with Dean Dollin and Josh Jackson. The Lymewood Man of the Match went to Jordan Gibson with Outstanding displays from Danny Gee, Wayne Dollin, Gary Anderton and Josh Jackson.

Updated 19:58 - 19 Jan 2018 by Andy Howlett

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