Latchford started this friendly against Burtonwood very slowly and struggled to get going in the first 10 minutes as the spirited bulldogs flew out of the blocks clearly looking to pull off a surprise win. This was shown when Burtonwood opened the scoring by throwing caution to the wind on the last tackle managing to find a way through the Latchford defence with some enterprising offloads. This seemed to wake Latchford up as from the restart the ball bounced into touch giving Latchford the scrum. The resulting set led to Nathan Harrop scoring an excellent team try in the corner as the ball was moved from one side of the pitch to the other quickly catching Burtonwood short on the edge. From the kick off the impressive Henry Hughes made one of many enterprising runs as Latchford worked their way up the field and managed to force a drop out through great handling and an excellent grubber kick. From the next set Lewis Mallows was able to exploit slow marker play from Burtonwood and crashed over for his 1st try of the game. The next try came in the right hand corner from Sean Wells Reardon who outpaced the Burtonwood cover defence following an excellent break and offload from centre Charlie Lee. Latchford’s next try came from scrum half Connor Byron as he followed up a dangerous Luke Boyd kick which the Burtonwood full back failed to deal with allowing Byron to pick up the loose ball and fly in to the left of the posts. The final try of the half from Latchford came from Lewis Mallows who again near to the line spotted slow marker play and was able to barge his way over for a brace. Harrop converted 3 of the 5 tries meaning the HT score was Latchford 26 – 6 Burtonwood.
After half time Latchford continued where they left off, with Nathan Harrop crossing for his brace of tries with a well taken effort in left hand corner, despite attention from the Burtonwood defence. The next try came from Sean Wells Reardon, who again showed his blistering pace as he broke the defence on halfway, rounded the full back and never looked back as he went under the posts for his second try. Latchford’s 8th try came in the left hand corner as Lewis Wightman exploited some weak defence to crash over for his 1st try after some more good handling to move the ball wide. The final try also came from Lewis W who fielded a kick in his own 20 metre zone, and proceeded to round the chasing defence and not look back as he showed great pace to sprint away and score under the posts to finish off a very convincing and much needed win for Latchford as the final score was Latchford 48 – 6 Burtonwood. The second half conversions were from Nathan Harrop -1 and Lewis Wightman - 2
There were plenty of positives from the game which should give the lads plenty of confidence to go back into the league with and to challenge for promotion.