Saddleworth came in to this game on the back of a good performance last week at Langworthy.
Today however it seemed to be back to the bad old Saddleworth for long periods.
Saddleworth kicked off and applied good pressure in the first 5 minutes a good start which resulted in a try for James Fowles on the left hand side on 5 minute mark. COnversion missed. [4/0].
Then Saddleworth again started well for 4 or 5 minutes, but sucessive penalties against saddleworth by Joe Harrison Brown (lying on) half way, then Bowden Morgan under the Saddy sticks both on the 5th plays (OMG) saw Thatto score under the sticks, conversion missed. [4/4].
Tit for tat play for the next 5 minutes and a try saving tackle from James Fowles after 15 minutes saw it remain close. Then after 22 minutes another penalty against JHB for a high shot in the red zone led to a Thatto try under missed tackles down the left hand side. conversion missed. [4/8]. HALF TIME BREAK.
Thatto Heath kicked off and came at saddleworth with a renewed vigor, saddleworth failed to wrap up the ball repeatedly and thatto offloaded at will to go over on 7 minutes under the sticks, conversion scored. [4/14].
The game ebbed and flowed but the Saddleworth defence was poor failing repeatedly to wrap up the opposition. Thatto piled on the pressure and on 17 minutes they went in under the sticks with an excellent piece of support play running of their big prop with soft hands and good support. Conversion scored. [4/20].
The game slipped away, poor tackling no wrap up of the ball, no one moving up cost another try from a scoot in the right hand corner, very poor play. conversion not scored [4/24].
2 minutes before the end of the game Saddleworth got a concellation try for Joe Harrison Brown in the corner, conversion missed. [8/24]. FULL TIME.
First half - OK but need to improve communication and fitness.
Second half - POOR - No communication, Poor fitness, Terrible tackling not wrapping the ball up at all, Giving away penalties in red zone.
Very lacklustre performance must improve or this will be a long hard season.