Grove Park Function Rooms - Grove Park Function Rooms
Sun 03
Senior Colts
Manch Start 2016 With Win!

Manch Start 2016 With Win!

Share via

It may be a new year but there was something very familiar with the weather conditions at Grove Park.

Match Report by Matthew Miles

Rain once again made life difficult for the home team particularly in a tightly contested first half against a formidable Fylde team.

It took a quarter of an hour for the hosts to break the deadlock. After concerted pressure, Jake bundled the ball over the try line to make it 7-0 after Will’s fine conversion.

However, Fylde responded immediately a minute later with a try of their own. Conversion missed. 7-5.

The first half continued to be a trading of blows. Shortly after one of the Fylde forwards was yellow carded, Woodie extended Manchester’s advantage on the 28 minute mark with a try resulting from good phase play (conversion missed). 12-5.

Again Fylde responded immediately. The visitors were showing a good degree of ruthlessness and levelled the match to make it 12-12 with a rampaging converted try.

As a pulsating first half drew to a close, Will eyed the opportunity to put Academy noses in front when the home team were awarded a penalty from just inside the Fylde half. The full back looked a fair distance out but the kick was never in doubt as it sailed between the uprights to make the score 15-12 at half time.

The second half saw Manchester gain a stranglehold on proceedings. Woodie, a second/back row by trade has recently found himself possessed by the spirit of a creative half back (as witnessed recently at Liverpool Collegiate) and that creativity was on hand once more as the forward come number 10 chipped a fine kick over the visitors defence for Mike A to sprint onto and touch down to make the score 20-12 (conversion missed).

The Manchester rugby was now flowing and on the 61 minute mark Ciaran Booth (one of 4 fine debutants) pierced a hole in the visitors defence to pile on another 5 points. Will slotted over the extras to make it 27-12.

Credit to Fylde though who weren’t to be out done, scoring their third try of the match late on to make the final score 27-17.

So a great start to 2016. More importantly, the squad is now starting to take shape with a number of new players joining and a few stalwarts returning after some absence. This can only bode well for the rest of the season.


Share via
Recent news

Match details

Match date

Sun 03, Jan 2016




North West Senior Colts B