Sat 05
1st Team
Latchford Albion
D French, R Bates (2), C Lawton, J Simm
null (3)S Curphey (4)
null (3)
Mid season revival continues

Mid season revival continues

By Paul Farrell
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A third successive victory lifts West Bank into serious contention for league honours

Latchford themselves arrived in excellent form and the pre match warm-up showed them as being a well drilled athletic outfit looking for revenge for the Bank's win in Warrington earlier in the season.

West Bank too were looking strong and the early stages of the game was a well fought contest but with two flowing movements the Bears could easily have taken an early lead.

However it was the visitors who took advantage of a big overlap to take the lead with a converted touchdown. West Bank were far from cowed and youngster Jack Penny used his pace to round his opposite number to fly down the wing. A perfectly timed pass to the supporting Dean French saw the speedster touchdown under the posts for Ste Curphey to convert the first of four 2 pointers.

A few minutes later Latchford hit back but the Bank were fighting fire with fire and Ryan Bates crossed from close range after a long Ellis Lewis break.

At 12-12 the half time break allowed the Bears to reflect on a well disciplined first half.

The first team to score in the second stanza would take great heart in a tightly contested game and it was Craig Lawton for the home side who took the honours after a slide rule short kick from Ste Curphey found space in Latchford's in goal.

A powerfully taken short range effort from Josh Simm gave the Bank some breathing room for the first time and victory looked certain as the game came to it's conclusion. However an opportunist score from the Albion caused some concern before Bates completed a double to secure the points.

Five away games to finish the season will test the Bank's resolve but the three wins should give everyone confidence that a play off place is possible.

Ryan Bates was West Bank Man of the Match

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Match details

Match date

Sat 05, Aug 2017


Ryan Bates

Player of the match

Ryan Bates