It was a shock when there was only us , Rochdale Mayfield and Oldham St Annes from Division one 2 other teams had pulled out last minute .
We had 11 players making themselves available , we could have done with more but after a couple of emails I was allowed to play Under 12s too . We had 3 volunteers from that team so thanks to Danny Hemmings we were able to take 14 along to the festival .
Our first game was against Rochdale and was a learning curve to say the least , we shipped in a few tries during the first 10 mins , a lot of slack tackling and poor line speed only made things worse .
We had to stem the tide but with games only lasting 20 mins it was beyond us before it had got going .
The next game saw Oldham playing Rochdale and the difference in the 2 divisions showed with Oldham outclassing Rochdale with their powerful running out wide and their solid defence , it was a good game which Oldham won .
It was our turn to play Oldham next , I had watched their game and decided to move one or two players round to try and prevent Oldham running out wide . It seemed to work as after a good 10 mins scores were still 0-0 . Oldham then broke our line and scored , the try was converted too .
Leyland then forced the error midfield and after a couple of good runs from the props Will Douglas found himself running out wide handing off a defender and reaching out for the line which we all thought he scored but the Referee Judged he had knocked on . Shame really but that seemed to Spark the Warriors into Like and it wasn’t long before they broke again and it was Danny Wilkins who raced away to Score with Joe Weston
6-6 with 5 mins to go that would be a scalp over a team 2 divisions above us .However it was not to be with a couple of minutes left Oldham broke away to score again and converted once again .
So the game finished 12-6 to Oldham, massive effort from the guys , I told them after the Rochdale game I wanted improvements in all areas wanted them to play with Pride . They certainly did that and it was a big effort in the last game .
Special thanks to Myles Hemmings , Matty Wilkins & Jack Ambrose for stepping up from the 12s you did yourselves proud guys .
I was really happy with the way everyone applied themselves during the day , improvement was needed and you certainly produced it …Well done to ALL of you
D.Wilkins, C.Dixon, J.Morton, R.Chapman, C.Young, J.Weston, M.Hemmings, W.Douglas, N.Burns, S.Kenyon, C.Sadler, M.Wilkins, J.Oneill, J.Ambrose .