Great start, nervy finish
A quality first half, followed by a gutsy second, got Bongs over the finishing line, against a tough and determined Sefton side.
From the off, Bongs produced some quality team rugby, which had the first try recorded by the sixth minute.
A constant wave of blue pushed the visitors back, who to their credit, defended well; however, Bongs continued to press hard via solid pick and drives, which inevitably pulled in their defense , enabling the space out wide to be exploited.
Quick hands from Soulsby, Dickinson and Redford, directed the ball towards Jake Beaumont, who touched down for his first, first team try. Paul Martin added the extra two.
Bongs game straight back through more excellent rugby, resulting in Martin adding three points, after Sefton, conceded a few penalties, in quick succession.
Before Sefton had time to regroup, Bongs crossed for a second try, which was down to a great Break from, prop forward, D Twizell, who had a fantastic outing, moved all before him, from thirty meters out, but was finally stopped just short of the line.
Good support, enabled the ball too be quickly recycled, before being shipped by Soulsby, to Dickinson, who produced a great looping pass to Beaumont, who bagged his and Tyldesley’s second try, conversion missed.
With the first quarter just approaching, Sefton received a yellow, allowing Martin the opportunity of adding another penalty, giving Bongs an eighteen point lead.
Against the run of play, Sefton crossed, for their first score, after they took advantage, of a rare misfired Tyldesley line out, a minutes earlier, giving them possession on the left, before goods hands and support, had them cross on the right, for an unconverted try.
Martin converted his third Penalty, after more home dominance, resulted in penalty being conceded, by the visitors, and with ten of the half remaining and Bongs on top, most would have expected another try, which didn’t materialise. Half time 21-5
The game completely turned on its head during the second half, with Sefton, who came out strong, upping their performance, enabling them to boss proceedings for long spells and by the fifty fifth minute had crossed for two converted tries, making it a two point game, and everything to play for.
Tyldesley’s task became harder, after Pullman was given a yellow, but just like Bongs in the first half, Sefton struggled to make the man advantage count, in fact, it was the team down too fourteen, that breach the white wash.
Bongs continued to defend bravely, but the game looked gone, after Sefton, whose confidence was now sky high, won a line-out within striking distance, but a superb steal by Lee Davies, relieved the pressure, with the ball ending deep in the visitors half.
From this, Tyldesley regrouped during the last ten and finished the stronger, which brought reward, after a catch and drive, drove the visitors back, from ten meters out, with Dickinson being stopped inches from the line, before Norton grounded a third and very reliving try.
MOM Rob Jones
Thanks to match sponsors Ex Briarcroft old lads association
With the firsts having no game next week, League leaders, Tyldesley seconds, take centre stage, who entertain an inform second placed Chorley, in what should be a great game, with both pushing for automatic promotion. Kick off 2-15.
Tyldesley 1st next game. Away v New Brighton a week Saturday, February 17.