Ashton Colts 24-19 Tarleton Colts, North Manchester 10-40 Ashton

Ashton Colts 24-19 Tarleton Colts, North Manchester 10-40 Ashton

By Allen Bower
19 January
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Colts beat table topping Tarleton with a tremendous performance by all 21.


Jake Callaghan got the game off to an explosive start as Aron Lancasters high punt landed perfectly for him to take it at pace and gallop home for a try he converted. A good sized crowd had gathered to see second take on top and win in style with a second half powerplay lead by Bobby as all players redoubled the efforts. Jake got a second after Tarleton had scored two tries his conversion leveled the scores at 14 apiece.
A powerful surge took Bobby close to the line only a despairing tackle on his shorts prevented him from scoring but Charlie Mc Callum was on hand to wrestle over for the try Jake converted.
Jakes much improved kicking saw him increase the gap to ten points with a sweetly struck pen .
Tarleton got a late try to set up a nervy final few minutes , the lads closed the game off after Tarleton engaged early at a late penalty and the final whistle brought jubilation from Ashtons Colts gaining their first win in a while over an old foe.

The first had a good cup win at North with tries from Gaz, Travis , Billy ,Oldham ,Titch and a 95m interception try from Chris Grayson, Costy adding 5 cons.

The seconds looked to be short on players but Schoey did some recruiting with Liam Riley, Abs Ahmed and Kieron making their first appearance for some time, also Brandon Delport got his debut and with Sam Makin, James Bower, Travis Garner, Ryan ,Brandon Higham getting involved there were 9 players U21. Young Brandon got his first try in his second ever game and together with some crunching tackles was one of the three men of the Match, Schoey and Ryan also recognised for their efforts.
All 17 put in a great effort including another returnee Josh Sayle who barged his way to the line for a try from No 8 , he did have to have a rest afterwards though, he was not alone there as many rotations were required but we did manage to keep 15 on the pitch .
It was a good atmosphere and thanks to the opposition and the ref for making it a good game to play in and watch.
Sunday only the Colts game survived the overnight frost, was a bit too frosty in Rochdale for the 7/8s, 9s , 10s and 11s, the 13s were off at Winnies also a victim of Jack Frost.
Thanks to all who made it happen

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