Sat 21
Ashton Bears
1st Team
S McDermott, A Lawton, S Curphey (3)
M Murphy (5)
M Murphy
Bear fight win for the Bank

Bear fight win for the Bank

By Paul Farrell
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The first warm day of the season saw West Bank triumph in Wigan

Ashton looked in fine form as they warmed up but the Bank were giving a debut to former Vikings starlet Adam Lawton.

It didn't take long for Lawton to make his mark as he strode through the home team defence. The ever alert Ste McDermott was on hand but still had lots to do as he weaved through the remaining defenders for a superb opening score. Matty Murphy converted.

Despite missing many of the first team squad the players on show were playing a tough, uncompromising style that the home team struggled to handle. Karl Glover and Jack Murphy in particular were in rampaging form.

West Bank doubled the lead when Lawton was too big and too strong from close range.

Despite some thrilling attacking rugby from James Butler, Jack Penney and Luke Willings the Bank failed to extend their lead until Murphy slotted a penalty attempt. Tom Robert's strong finish was harshly ruled out. At 14-0 at half time and with the elements now in the visitors favour a big score was expected.

Within minutes Ste Curphey had crossed twice for what looked like decisive scores; the first of which saw McDermott move the ball wide for Matty Murphy to feed Curphey who beat two men. Curphey then performed a nice run around with McDermott for his second.

There didn't look like there was anyway back into the game for the home team but a bizarre touchdown set them on the way and another two dubious scores got the home supporters in full cry.

However that man Curphey settled nerves and secured the victory when the strong running Glover off loaded yet again for Curphey to dot the ball down. Matty Murphey's fifth conversion brought up the final score.

Karl Glover was Man of the Match. West Bank entertain Folly Lane this coming Saturday at Bear Park.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 21, Apr 2018


Karl Glover

Player of the match

Karl Glover