Late drama as Gladiators edge out Woolston
By Jim Green
The Gladiators U11s grabbed a thrilling 36-30 comeback win against Woolston Rovers Golds thanks to a late match-winning score.
Woolston started really positively, passing the ball around and using their three-quarters and wingers to find space. Whilst Chester responded with a couple of breakaway tries, the Gladiators found themselves 24-12 down at the start of the second half.
With tiring legs all round it was down to Chester’s defensive line to get the hosts back into the game. Led by Jake Hulmes and Lewis Ruffell, the Gladiators finally started repelling the Golds' attacks.
In an exciting final few minutes, Joe Wilcock kept the momentum high, assessing the Woolston line, spreading the ball and providing a running threat himself. The game culminated in an end to end solo effort from Owen Hughes to snatch a result in the very last minute for a dramatic victory.