Spoils shared between Gladiators and Crusaders
By Jim Green
The Gladiators U12s played out an absorbing 20-20 draw with Thatto Heath Crusaders on a glorious morning.
With the sun shining, the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead as their big ball carriers made inroads but once Chester settled it was the home side who created the better openings to battle back and trail 14-16 at the break.
Points were at a premium in the second period and the Gladiators looked to have edged the game with a score to go 20-16 ahead before the St Helens side hit back to level matters late on.
Both teams had chances to snatch the win, however at the end of an extremely competitive game a point each was probably the right result.