As the season gets into full swing, and scholarship’s kick in, the worst fear for any team is losing key players. Sadly on Friday Morning Pats learned that Joe Prior
would be out for up to 5 weeks after having emergency surgery to remove his appendix this combined with the loss of David Thompson
and Nathan Sharratt
would have thought it would put Pats in crisis however this is a team sport and St Pats squad, who were nowhere near full strength, showed just their metal in this local derby.
Rose Bridge turned up looking to avenge last season title decider and with players missing from both sides the game should have been more equal however it was Pats that started the stronger and it was Pats that seemed to want it most. The first try for Pats came on 7mins from Sam Baggaley converted from the side-line from Nick Gregson
. From the kick off Pats went straight back up field and a perfectly weighted pass from Gildart allowed Marshall to finish in the corner, bringing the score to 10-0 with just 10 mins on the clock. Bridge on the next re start went for a short 10 and although the ball only travelled some 8 yards the referee was unsighted and allowed Bridge to control possession. Quick interplay by Bridge found them their first points in the shape of Rob Meadow on their left wing, not converted. Stalemate ensued for the next 10 mins before great play between Gregson, Hampson, and Baggaley put Matty Carter
in for his second try in two matches. This brought about the half time scores being 14-4
On the turnaround Pats came out a different team and basically blitzed Bridge into submission, the first try coming from strong running forwards allowing Sam Hollisngsworth to scoot in for a try, converted by Shorrocks. The next two tries were both carbon copies of each other and both created by Gildart. Gildart having the ability to beat his opponent on command took the ball to the line and flicked a pass out to Marshall for him to score in the corner. From the restart the exact same play did the same for Marshall to force it down for the 4 pointer, both tries unconverted 28-4. Bridge then pulled a converted try back through Rothwell 28-10. The coaches then made a couple of positional changes and Shorrocks took over. A beautiful pass found the charging Nick Gregson
on the end of it to show great strength to score and then from the restart again Shorrocks found the Bridge line wanting and sliced them open to run 40 yards to feed the Supporting Gregson once again for a converted try under the sticks, this brought the final score to 38-10.
There was a couple of outstanding performers for pats on the day but again a joint man of the match went to Gildart and Swarbirck.
Next week we entertain Siddal at home in the national cup semi-final, it’s not one to be missed