The sun finally made an appearance for the local derby fixture between West Bank Bears U10s and Halton Farnworth Hornets U10s after 4 previous weeks of miserable weather.
It was a game which both sets of parents expected to be a cracker and certainly for the home sides supporters we expected the Bears to raise their performance level yet again for the visit of our rivals.
Previous fixtures between the two teams have been fiercely contested and with both sides enjoying good recent form, this game was perfectly set up.
It was the home side who started quicker and the Bears were soon a try up after a close range effort from Josh Swindley on the back of some strong go forward from Harry Hughes, Rueben Mafi and Oliver Stankevitch.
West Bank were clearly up for this one and defensively they were quick off the line and strong in the tackle and this restricted the Hornets to low yardage and also forced errors in their first few ball sets.
Middle defence was fast and strong as was expected but it was also pleasing to see the edge defenders such as George Hughes, Todd Dennett and Michael Lawton limiting the options for the opposition out wide and frustrating the away side.
More tries soon followed from the home side after further dominant midfield carries from the forwards who were superb in the opening 10 minutes. Kian McGann got his name on the score sheet twice with a couple of scintillating efforts, with one of the tries converted by Michael Lawton.
With a 14 points to nil lead at half time the young Bears could be very happy with their efforts.
The second half began with an error from the home side from the kick off but that didn't knock the high spirits of the lads who then defended their line showing guts and determination to keep out the Hornets.
Momentum was there to be taken in the first 5 minutes and it was West Bank who grasped it. The home side were playing at pace and with lots of dummy half runs and Hornets were soon on the back foot and had conceded another try after Tyler McGann bamboozled the defence with a jinking run across the field and between defenders.
More good work continued up the middle by Ciaran Whyment and Harvey Bennett, and through Daniel Owen, Billy Keeley and Joshua Lawrenson out wide, and the lads were now enjoying the space and freedom that they were finding.
Lucas Hendry was next on the scoreboard for the Bears with a superb solo effort from another DH run, powering through 2 defenders and rounding the Fullback to give the Bears even more breathing space.
As the final whistle approached and both sets of players tired, the defences began to loosen up a little and Hornets got a well deserved try double.
West Bank didn't give up though and also scored a couple of great late efforts themselves to push the scoreline out even further, Josh Swindley and Joshua Lawrenson getting the four pointers.
Conversions were also kicked by Oliver Stankevitch and Joshua Lawrenson in the second half, which gave a final score of 34 points to 8 to the Bears.
Every player gave everything they had and can be proud of their performances.
Next week the Bears travel to Oldham to play against St Anne's who have a huge pack, so the young West Bank kids will have to perform again if they want to get their sixth victory from 6 games.