Rovers travelled to Ashton Bears knowing that even though we had beaten them last season, they are a big team who were solid in defence, and today was no different. Credit must go to both teams for putting on great display of rugby league. As coaches, we felt it was game full of determination, passion and emotion as well as skill from both sides.
It was both defences that were on top in the first ten minutes when the game remained at 0 – 0., and in fact it took something a little different to open the scoring with Connor showing some good game awareness, and chipping a great kick over the defence on the last tackle, for Jack Meacock to chase and touch down in the corner. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful making the score 0 – 4.
Ashton show showed some good strength in attack, pinning us back on our line for two consecutive sets, but our defence held strong to keep the big Ashton forwards out.
Next to score was George Hickey who, with his elusive running and pace, was able to break through three tackles before finding space down the wing to run 50m and score. Again, the conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
Ashton responded with a try of their own from10m out, which we could have prevented, but we were a little slow in sliding across in defence leaving the wing a little exposed to allow one of the Ashton forwards to force his way over the line.
With the last play the ball of the half, Woolston were back on the score sheet with Connor dummy kicking on the 5th tackle before finding a gap and diving over the line. The conversion was successful making the half time score 14 – 4.
We knew that Ashton would come out in the second half with renewed determination. Again, both defences held strong with the only try of the second half being scored by Ashton which set up a nail biting finish for all involved. Final score 14 - 10 to Woolston.
This is now our third consecutive good result and we have scored over 100 points and only conceded 20 points, which shows how we can attack but also how our defence has improved.
Man of the match went to Jack Meacock for tireless work rate in the middle of the pitch and consistently taking on the Ashton forwards. Top tackler went to George Hickey for the aggression he has started to show in the tackle, and in defence. Coaches award went to Sam Quigley for his efforts over the past couple of weeks, both during training and on match days.
After, the high scoring and free flowing games of the past few weeks, this game put our defence to the test, and the coaches believe we did ourselves proud by grinding out a result. It could be seen that even though we were up against it sometimes, you all worked hard for each other, backing each other up in the tackle and supporting each other on the break.
Well done again lads – remember train hard and work hard, and we will continue to improve as a team.