Determined winning performance for 2XV
By Tracy Bailey
as they bounce back with a great win vs Kirkby Lonsdale
Altrincham Kersal 2XV 27-10 Kirkby Lonsdale 2XV
Tries: Louis Taylor, Nick Leach, Ged Scrase, Dom Pearce
Conversion: Jordan Roberts (x2)
Penalties: Jordan Roberts (x1)
Coming off the back of an agonising 35-34 home loss against the University of Liverpool Vets last weekend, Kersal were aiming to bounce back with a win at home playing against Kirkby Lonsdale 2nd XV this Saturday.
In blustery conditions Kersal took advantage of their first scoring opportunity with Jordan Roberts converting the penalty to go 3-0 up after 5 minutes. Missed tackling 5 minutes later allowed Kirkby over the tryline out wide, which allowed the Kersal players to regroup as the lead changed hands, going to 5-3 in favour of the visitors. Kersal pressured straight away from resulting the kick-off forcing errors and spending extended periods of attack inside the Kirkby 22. Structured gameplay, in open play and set-piece, resulted in a try to take the score to 10-5 in Kersal's favour, as Louis Taylor ran a great line off inside-centre Matt Tully to slice through the Kirkby defense and cross the tryline. Further pressure from Kersal heading towards half-time forced more errors as a huge hit from Louis Taylor forced a knock-on and winger Nick Leach picked up the loose ball to capitalise and cross over for a try. A Kirkby try out wide on the stroke of half-time closed the lead as Kersal went into the break 17-10 up.
In the second half Kersal did not let their standards slip, and there were good examples of both attacking rugby and some outstanding defensive efforts as well. Kersal's defense was like a brick wall, as Kirkby spent a 10 minute spell inside the Kersal 22 approaching the tryline, but they came away empty-handed. Mammoth tackles from across the team, including 'backs' Andy Frain and Ben Harris at flankers hitting anything that moved (proving before Eddie Jones that backs can be handy in the back row!), let Kirkby know that any scores were not going to come easily. Kersal kept on turning the screw as Ged Scrase scored with 10 minutes go and winger Dom Pearce crossed soon after some slick hands created an overlap out wide, taking Kersal's lead to 27-10 approaching full-time. The match finished this way, leaving Kersal in great spirits heading into the home straight of the league season.
The team's next game is in a fortnight's time - their last away trip of the season, playing Glossop 2nd XV on 23rd March.
Report by: Andy Thomas
Match Photos by Richard Jones HERE: