Close, but just not close enough.
Tyldesley depart moss lane kicking their heels, knowing what could have been.
A loosing bonus point was the least Tyldesley deserved, after pushing second placed LSH, all the way, but it could have been more.
Bongs departed SGP, hoping to improve on last week’s performance, and in many ways they did, despite this defeat, given the opposition’s league position, which have to date, only lost two, and drawn one.
Although nothing really separated these two sides, LSH took their opportunities well, when they came, whether created or mistakes punished, which is the signature of a good side.
Tyldesley’s set piece went well throughout the game,who took three line outs and a scrum against, their defense was good for the majority, but it was with ball in hand, when in excellent positions, that frustrated at times, due to a few wrong options, and over eagerness, which certainly let the hosts off the hook.
Bongs struck first, after nine minutes, superb play, resulted in a penalty being awarded. Soulsby, took a quick tap, before making excellent ground, then shipped the ball on too J Kirkpatrick, who drew the defense before, giving Martin a great inside pass, for an excellent score, conversion missed.
A mistake from the restart gifted LSH the ball, twenty meters out, from the visitor’s line, resulting in an unconverted try, seconds later.
A great response had Bongs push, the hosts back repeatedly, via some solid rugby, but no points could be had. LSH, relieved the pressure, via a great kick, putting them deep in Tyldesley territory and crossed for a second, after a solid scrum resulted in a few pick and drives, which finally breached the visitor’s line, conversion added, giving them a seven point margin, with twenty six minutes gone.
Despite having played for long periods, on the front foot, Bongs found themselves going in at the break 12-5 down.
Soulsby, who had a good half, wasn’t fully fit, and had to be withdrawn, forcing a reshuffle, which had Jake Beaumont come on at centre, for his debut, with Berrisford, going too fullback and Martin moving too nine.
LSH had the better of the first twenty five or so, although Tyldesley crossed for a second try, within three minutes of the restart, pulling the hosts back to within two points.
A superb line-out, just inside the LSH twenty two, formed into a driving maul, with left winger, Jack Kirkpatrick, getting involved, before touching down.
Six minutes later, LSH hit back and stretched their lead to nine, after good handling and sheer pace, had them cross for a seven pointer.
Lack sure defending, enabled LSH to cross for a forth, but unconverted try, with fifteen remaining, after a pen was tapped, five meters out, and despite several defenders in attendance, they forced their way over.
To their credit, and having just gone fourteen points behind, Bongs stuck at it, and came out fighting, but again, a couple of rushed plays and wrong options, along with some good defending, prevented any reward for some good team play, on the whole.
With five remaining, Bongs won a penalty, and went for the corner. Another excellent line-out resulted into a driving maul, which pushed the hosts back, some fifteen meters, before Jones grounded the ball at the back, conversion missed, making it a nine point game.
Tyldesley had nothing too loose and pushed for more points, but a forward pass, halted a promising advance.
Still pressing, Tyldesley received a penalty, and with little or no time left, Martin, dissected the posts, earning them, their first loosing bonus, of the season.
MOM Lee Davies
The club would like to wish, Chris McGrath, all the best for the future, and thanks for your services over the past couple of seasons.
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