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Sat 17 Feb 14:15 - Northern Division - South Lancs & Cheshire Division 1 Full time

Flattering Margin

A try in the dying seconds, gets unexpected bonus win, which cruelly denied opposition a more than deserved bonus point

The margin of victory masks what was a very difficult afternoon for the SGP side, against a team fighting for league survival, which contested and dominated for long spells, but just couldn’t turn pressure into tries.

There was no hiding from the fact, the first forty was terrible, from Tyldesley’s point of view, who came second in almost everything, but thankfully, a harsh but very truthful half time chat, got the response needed.

Bongs started well. A good scrum, five meters out, enabled Martin too find Dickinson, who coasted over, with less than three minutes played, however, what should have been a routine, conversion, sailed wide.

From there on in, it was practically all New Brighton. Along with poor kicking, Tyldesley got bullied around the contact area, time after time, which repelled a few half decent chances created by the visitors, constantly putting the hosts on the front foot.

NB pressed hard and pulled three back after converting a sixteenth minute penalty, then went in front, via a second converted penalty, after Crampton Received a yellow, with eight of the half remaining.

With a man down, and Tyldesley totally misfiring, most would have expected the hosts to take advantage, but it didn’t materialise, with the visitors hanging on, and surprisingly, just a point adrift, at the break.

A strong start to the second half, had Bongs make good yards via some excellent pick and drives which pushed NB back towards their line, resulting in Tyldesley being awarded a scrum, twenty meters out.

Quick hands out wide had Berrisford, come into the line well, before outpacing the cover, for a well worked try. Martin, in total contrast, from his first, added a superb conversion from afar, putting them in front for a second time.

New Brighton came back well, but an improved Tyldesley, seemed far more determined around the contact area, which repelled several advances.

The game started to open up with two great opportunities created, however, both came too nothing after wrong options had the ball go astray, denying Tyldesley, at least one certain try.

Tyldesley then went down to fourteen after Paine, who’d not been on for long, received a yellow, with New Brighton adding the three from the penalty given.

Within minutes of receiving a second, Bongs went down to thirteen after a third yellow was shown, this time, Cunliffe, another not on for long, was given his marching orders.

Surprisingly, and given their now, two man advantage, New Brighton elected to go for goal, making the contest all square, with twelve remaining.

For the next seven minutes, the thirteen of Tyldesley, brilliantly held out, then started to have a good spell, with their numbers now improved by one, which brought reward after Redford ran a great line, before touching down under the posts, which came on the back of a sublime, inside pass from Dickinson, which created a massive hole. Conversion added.

With the clock ticking, New Brighton pushed hard and advanced, but great team defending, forced a loose pass, which was intercepted by Berrisford, who set of from just outside his own twenty two and managed too evaded the two chasing defenders before touching down, securing an unexpected, bonus win. Martin added another fantastic conversion from the touch, with the last kick of the game.

MOM Rob Jones

Tyldesley take another week’s break before entertaining Hoylake, 17 February, kick off 3 pm

On Saturday the seconds travel too Crosby 2-15 kick off

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Widnes 23 63
7. Leigh 24 61
8. Tyldesley 23 50
9. Southport 24 50
10. Sefton 24 41
11. Hoylake 24 37
12. West Park (St Helens) 24 30

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