Sat 24
1st Team
Shevington Sharks
Thrilling rugby at Bear Park sees West Bank remain unbeaten

Thrilling rugby at Bear Park sees West Bank remain unbeaten

By Paul Farrell
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Fierce rivals Shevington put up a determined effort to be the first team to lower the Bears colours in 2018 and very nearly pulled it off.

West Bank opened the scoring with a scintillating effort from James Butler who rounded his opposite number and then outpaced the fullback from 50 metres, to finish off a David Jones half break. Matty Murphy converted.

The Sharks appeared to take complete control of the game, levelling up before half time before two more second half scores left them 18-6 to the good.

However the Bank dug deep to mount an incredible comeback. With ten minutes to go Lee Holland crossed in the corner after superb passing from Jones, Matty Murphy and Luke Willings.

Jack Murphy then crashed onto a smart short ball. Murphy’s 2nd conversion left the Bears two points adrift with time running out.

With Shevington pressing hard there seemed little opportunity for the home team to respond but a drop goal from the Sharks gave West Bank one more chance with the ball as Jones’ short kick off was pounced on by Holland. When he was dragged down 20 metres and Jack Murphy and Harry Cartwright were stopped on the line, a superb pass from Ste McDermott fed Jones who stepped inside to spark jubilant scenes.

Three opening league wins sets up a clash at top of the table Orrell St.James this coming Saturday.

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Sat 24, Mar 2018