Disruption & Panic
Interlopers found in the clubhouse
Northwich 22 Burnage 8
Surprisingly the blacks were able to play on the premier pitch. After weeks of bad weather taking its toll it was nice to get back to familiar surroundings. Poste named an unchanged squad but was forced to make a late change when King had to withdraw due to illness. Patrick Fray joined the squad for only his second 1st XV appearance.
The large crowd gather in anticipation of tough contest against one of the main contenders.
For the first 15 minutes the match was stalemate. Althogh the blacks had plenty of ball accuracy and execution let them down. Eventually after some sustained pressure the ever alert Poste took a quick tap and exploited the gap to score a neat try. Baldwin missed with the convesion. The match returned to form with both team slugging it out. On the half hour Burnage applied pressure to the home defense and were rewarded with a penalty for not rolling away. The kick was successful and the visitors took the initiative. On the 37th minute they opted for a lineout following a penalty. From the lineout Burnage mounted a close rage assault resulting in a try in the corner that went unconverted. The response was immediate with the blacks mounting a multi-phased attack. With the visitors defense stretched Skinkis received the ball and like all good wingers finished in style. Again the extras were missed. In stoppage time the blacks received the ball and again went on the attack. After some neat approach work Baldwin delivered a long pass for Skinkis to collect another try. Once again the extras were missed and the half drew to a close.
Although there was only one score in the second half it was Northwich who took control The back row of Balshaw, English and Richard Dale were excellent and the leadership of Poste proved to be the key to victory. The bonus point came on the 58th minute. This came from a crss field kick from Baldwin to Du Randt who made a decisive charge for the line. Du Randt was held up short but Barber was on hand to squeeze over in the corner. Baldwin was successful with the most dificult kick. The blacks maintained the stranglehold on the match but could not find a way through the solid defense.
This was full on contest with both sides committed to the cause. The blacks must now look forward to the dificult trip to Blackburn next Saturday.
Team: Hulbert, Lapniewski, Thompson, Farley, Heywood, English, Balshaw, Richard Dale, Poste, Baldwin, Skinkis, Reilly, Underhill, Du Randt, Barber, Fray, Lindsay, Dudley
On a serious note, on returning to the clubhouse after the match interlopers were found to be seated in Coffin Dodgers Corner. You can only imagine the panic that set in. When you reach a certain age any disruption to the status quo can have a serious effect.