Sat 12
1st Team
J Butler, K Glover, D Jones
M Murphy (2)
M Murphy
West Bank thrill in top drawer game.

West Bank thrill in top drawer game.

By Paul Farrell
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This latest encounter between what are becoming fierce rivals was a thrilling roller coaster of a game that had the spectators spell bound from start to finish.

Although West Bank had already won the home version both sides are very evenly matched.

The game started with a bang for the visitors when following a quick play the ball, fullback James Butler spotted a slowly retreating defender: Ste Mcdermott had his wits about him and delivered the perfect pass. Butler shot through a gap and rounded his opposite number with ease to touch down between the posts. Matty Murphy converted.

West Bank looked to be in control with determined running from Ryan Bates, Shaun McDermott, Lloyd Hankin and Karl Glover creating pressure on the Haydock line.

However the weight of possession changed with a vengeance as a combination of loose carries and some questionable decisions gave the home team enough field position to win several games. The Bank defence rose to the occasion repelling waves of Haydock attacks until the Warriors finally breached the Black and Red line with minutes of the half remaining.

In the dying seconds of the half Murphy slotted a 45 metre penalty attempt to leave the Bears 8-6 up at the break.

The opening 20 minutes of the second stanza saw the play swing from end to end and the Bank could thank some courageous last ditch defence from Roberts, Luke Willings and Lee Holland for keeping Haydock out.

The Bears had plenty of attacking threat themselves with Eddie McAdam, McDermott and Darren Wilson all enjoying long breaks but it was McDermott’s short ball that allowed Glover to plunge over the line. Murphy again converted.

At 14 to 6 West Bank looked in control but a controversial decision gave Haydock the ball and despite another determined effort by Holland the Warriors were awarded another score.

More gallant defence from West Bank allowed the Bears one last attack and a thrilling interpassing move involving Liam Barlow, McAdam and Roberts allowed Dave Jones to have the last laugh.

Ryan Bates was Man of the Match.

The win leaves West Bank at the top of the Premier division table at the half way stage of the league season. Attention now switches the league cup with West Bank set to host Halton Farnworth Hornets in the preliminary round on Wednesday 23rd May.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 12, May 2018


Ryan Bates

Player of the match

Ryan Bates