2s rely on Todd
Handbags & Yellows
Northwich 17 – 20 Helsby
Northwich knew this fixture would be tricky and although the home side performed well, Helsby showed once again that they are more than capable of holding their own in the new league.
The home side started off shaky, simple mistakes were made and the visitors capitalised well to get the first points. After a few words under the sticks the black and gold seemed to be settled, and after a number of phases they were eventually awarded a try in the corner from Ross McGrory. The conversion was missed.
Both teams battered each other constantly to try and get the edge over their opponents but the teams seemed evenly matched. Both teams would score again, this time it would be Oscar Bradley who scored for Northwich. Richard Hart added the extras and took the home side ahead at the half 12-10.
In the second half Northwich looked more in control to begin with. Although the score line stayed the same for a while, Northwich would once again rely on Ross McGrory to extend their lead. The conversion was missed.
At this point many teams would either start to panic or let fatigue take over however the Helsby squad bounced back effectively, with 15 minutes left on the clock they would score under the sticks and add the extras taking the game to 17-17, and then with 4 minutes remaining they managed to win a penalty in front of sticks just outside the 22, taking it to 20-17 for the visitors until the final whistle was blown.
Despite a few handbags in the game and a couple of yellow cards, both teams thoroughly enjoyed this match and look forward to the return fixture later in the season.
The Northwich man of the match goes to Ross McGrory not only for his 2 trys, but also for fantastic defence and attitude throughout the game!
Northwich travel away to Bowdon next week.
Squad: Bennett.A, Dean.J, Clarke.M, Fortune.C, Farley.D, Purbrick.M, Keller.A, Bailie.J, Hart.R, Jones.S, McGrory.R, Lamb.I, Merrck.T, Bradley.O, Boardman.T, Gregory.D, Bradshaw.C, Hampson.L.