Sat 28
Ashton
10
-
32
Cup
1st Team
Tries
L Willings, L Holland (3), J Simm (2), A Lawton
Conversions
M Murphy (2)
Bank come out on top in Bear fight.

Bank come out on top in Bear fight.

By Paul Farrell
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The semi-final of the North West Men’s League Cup threw together the Bears of West Bank and Ashton.


The home team looked considerably stronger than in the season’s previous encounter at the same venue.

From the off West Bank looked highly determined and strong runs from Ryan Bates and Josh Simm left Ashton’s defence creaking for Luke Willings to power through the rest of the defence from 10 metres out.

The summer’s drought like conditions broke with a vengeance and the ensuing slippery conditions saw the Bank lose possession too frequently and invited Ashton to equalise after 15 minutes.

West Bank still looked aggressive in defence and a stymied Ashton attack saw Lee Holland retrieve a home team kick and beat man after man before sprinting 70 meters for a thrilling score. Ashton were in no mood to give in and in fact took the lead with a converted score with 10 minutes of the half remaining.

The visitor’s advantage was restored just before the break when Simm combined power with footwork to storm over from 10 meters out. 12-10 to West Bank at the break.

From the kick off the Bank powered forward through Jack Murphy, Bates and Adam Lawton and Simm repeated his first half effort. Matty Murphy converted.

Minutes later Lawton showed frightening power and pace to charge through from 30 meters.
Holland produced a carbon copy of his first half score with another thrilling effort that had the large West Bank following roaring their approval. Murphy converted.

Holland wrapped up the scoring with his hat-trick score after James Butler hacked on a spilled David Jones up and under.
Ryan Bates was Man of the Match but the whole team contributed to a superb win to set up yet another encounter with Thatto Heath.

The final takes place this coming Saturday 4th August at Victoria Park, Warrington. KO is 15.00

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Match details

Match date

Sat 28, Jul 2018

Kickoff

14:30
Ryan Bates

Player of the match

Ryan Bates