Sun 11
Ashton Bears
O Stankevitch, K McGann (3), J Swindley, R Taio Mafi (2)
H Hughes, H Barlow, O Stankevitch, D Roberts
U10s Continue Winning Run

U10s Continue Winning Run

By John Stankevitch
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13 Games Unbeaten For Bears Youngsters

West Bank Bears began the second half of the season away at Ashton who gave the Bears a real tough test in the first game of the season way back in March.

The weather was quite different this morning to that day, when torrential rain and a chilling wind made things close.

Todays warm weather encouraged some superb skills from both sides and some outstanding tries were scored in the game.

West Bank started slowly and were 6 points to nil down within the first 30 seconds of the game. A misread from the Kick Off and then 3 poor tackles saw Ashton get on the front foot and score in the right hand corner.

This early scare gave the young Bears the kick up the backside they needed and they went on to dominate the first half in convincing fashion, scoring 3 well worked tries, with a combination of power and pace putting the home side on the back foot.

Oliver Stankevitch was first over for the Bears from close range, followed by 2 long range efforts from Man of the Match Rueben Mafi.

The second half started how the first half had ended, with the Bears in full control. The forward pack were dominant and forcing the Ashton pack backwards which led to space out wide which was exploited by some outstanding handling and vision.

Kian McGann scored a second half hat-trick as the opponents tired and Josh Swindley scored another close range effort from dummy half.

A real team performance didn't really give Ashton a chance to get into the game until the last set of their last set in possession when they scored a deserved consolation try following a nifty attacking kick.

The Bears handled pretty much everything that was thrown at them by a well drilled home side but the pressure built in both attack and defence was too much for Ashton at times.

Conversions were kicked by Oliver Stankevitch, Ciaran Whyment, Harry Hughes and Declan Roberts and the final scoreline was 36 - 12 to West Bank Bears

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Sun 11, Jun 2017