Burnage bring carnage
The second team didn't look like playing at one stage, even the ref tried to get another referee to ref the game so he could play, but in the end it was a rag, tag and bob team that took the pitch against a well drilled Burnage team. The changing room was a mixture of casualty and one foot in the grave with the smell of lineament and ralgex and the sound of rolled bandages being allied to all sorts of body parts.
North Manchester 2's aka "the pub team" were slow to start but the first oppertunity of the afternoon went to the home team when the referee punished the visitors 20 meters out from their lien and the North men decided to take the points at goal. Unfortunately Mr Donley left his kicking boots in the changing room and Burnage went unpunished. Burnage open their account with a breakaway try, North were again pushing for the visitors line but were stopped short and the ball turned over. The Burnage full back, danced his way through the home teams defense for 80 meters, before being stopped but the attacking support was quicker than the defensive support.
The game evened up after that, North again being shocked into the game. Both teams were holding their own in the scrum but Burnage were getting the better of the mistakes in the line outs. North tried a few hit ups and were unlucky not to scored straight from the restart. Burnage faded and were on the back foot when a North attack ended with a line out to the visitors on their 22 meter line. The call was to the front, Gary Pugh and Ian Mac lifted young Chris Hyland up where only children's kites fly, and he stole the ball from the finger tips on the visitors. Slapped down into the hands of Chris Gill who release the 3/4 line. There no substitute for straight, strong running and that's what big Russell did in the centers. It must have been a big tackle to stop him, but the ball was recycled beautifully and with the defense still scrambling back, Steve "Donzy" Donahue followed in Russells footstep, straight & strong running to cross over for his first try of the season. Up stepped Mr Donley to add the extra point and it went wide, for the second time in the game. the score at this stage was 7-5 to the visitors
Again North got on top but a sill mistake allowed the quick Burnage fullback to again show us his pace, but not quick enough for Donzy, who somehow got back to stop a certain try. The tackle by Donzy was adjudged to take the attacker through the 90 and North were penalised for the error, but during the tackle Donzy caught a loose knee to the cheek bone and retire from the game which a cracked jaw and a splitting headache. Burnage kicked for the corner. The ball was thrown in and spoiled by North who were not going to give away points easily, even if they were down a man. Now rugby is a physical contact sport, and yes it can be tough, but players sort themselves out on the pitch and in a few minutes, a kind of mutual respect washes over the the ego's, however in this case, a bit of hand bags by a couple of players, which would only delay the game a few seconds if the ref decided to talk to both men, lead to one of the visitors spectators rushing on to the pitch to pick up the hand bag which had already been put away. A disgraceful, unprovoked attack on one of the home players resulted in both teams trying to take the idiot off the park only for his son to run a full 30 meters and try to spear tackle another one of the home teams players. The resulting free for all saw one of the Burnage lads take a blow to the nose and when a couple of his own players fell on him, he went out cold. This sobered up the players, work on Monday etc.
The referee had already decided to call the game after the disgraceful visitor waded in on the pitch and the mood changed with the weather. The disrespectful spectator was lead away to the sound of apologies from the visiting playing captain. hand shake all round from the players who were disappointed as the game was turning in to a cracker, until the crackerjack went off. We all hope the two injured players recover well and quickly and that Burnage take strong action against their "supporter" The league will decide what punishment should be given out to the club but the loser was the game of rugby as two teams only got to play for 30 minutes after all the effort that went in to put the game on.