Martin Poste welcomed Tom Wood who was playing against his old club Warrington. This allowed him to rest Joel Barber who had been carrying a leg injury. Other notable returns to the side were Chris James and the ever youthful Jan Cartman both of them along with Chris Heywood provided a strong bench for Poste to draw on.
During the first quarter of the match a very robust Warrington side took the game to Northwich. Despite numerous efforts the blacks could not shake off the visitors stranglehold and Warrington took the lead with a penalty when Northwich were deemed to have entered a ruck from the side. The match continued to be an arm wrestle for the remainder of the half with only a Baldwin penalty for not releasing in the final minutes bringing the half to a close with honours even.
The second half saw the blacks start to make some progress. Man of the Man Matt Ensor lead the way with some extremely strong carries allowing Northwich get behind the Warrington defensive line. They were rewarded when, from a scrum a long pass found Tom Husbands in a wide position who finished the move with a fine try. Baldwin was on target with the extras and the blacks took the lead. Towards the end of the first quarter Baldwin extended the lead with a long range penalty after the visitors were caught offside.. Less than 10 minutes later Northwich bagged a second try. This time it followed a Matt Ensor charge. He was held up inches from the line and Chris James was on hand to collect the ball and score a try close to the posts giving Baldwin the easiest of conversions. Warrington continued to offer stiff opposition but Scott Davidson continued to ask question with some incisive charges. With the match drawing to a close Sam Naylor rounded off a fine performance with a try converted by Baldwin bringing this bruising encounter to a close.
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Despite this being a good result with some great individual performances including a promising debut from Tom Wood and a great return from Chris James and Chris Heywood Martin Poste will be looking to improve some areas of the game.
Next week Northwich travel to Bowdon KO 3pm