Sunday 19th November 2017
Halbro Colts League – U’17’s Junior Conference A
CHESTER 5 – 62 LYMM
Report by Nick Price
We arrived at Chester in beautiful winter sunshine and after a while struggling to park the lads were ready for another tough test. There are still a few players missing through injury but we still managed to assemble a strong squad.
Chester set their stall out early and put the Lymm defence under enormous pressure immediately after the whistle. They came at us in waves but some strong first up tackling pushed them back.
Eventually on 15 minutes the forwards broke free and worked their way up field. Some nice inter-passing created space and from a penalty for not rolling away, Harry Aird took a quick tap and the ball found its way down the line for Joe Senior to crash over out wide giving Lymm an unlikely 0-5 lead.
There were more good combinations from forwards and backs and we looked dangerous every time we had ball in hand. A clever chip over the defence from Alfie Simpson was followed up by George Inman who outpaced the last man and dived on the loose ball giving Simpson a relatively easy conversion. 0-12. Minutes later, from a 5m lineout and driving maul, Josh Hadland touched down under a pile of bodies for his first try of the afternoon. 0-17. Then on 27 minutes, from a lineout, Lymm completed possibly the longest driving maul in history, when the forwards drove a full 50m before going to ground short of the line, where Hadland picked it up and strolled in under posts. Simpson converting. 0-24.
Chester won the ball from the restart, as Lymm failed to deal with the high ball but the ball went loose and Lymm snapped it up. A great break and chip over the top forced the home defender to carry the ball back over his own line resulting in a Lymm attacking 5m scrum. A neat inside pass saw Sam Dickinson crash over near the posts which was converted by Simpson, topping off a superb first half performance by Lymm to give them a 0-31 lead going into the break.
The second half got under way and Chester began it with the same ferocity and intent that they did in the first half. From a poorly gathered kick off, Chester made ground, good hands and recycling back and too across the pitch resulted in Tom Roebuck exploiting a gap to score. 5-31. This woke Lymm up and they began a period of domination that lasted 10 minutes before Ethan Yates burst down wing. He was tackled but quick ball from the ruck and a neat switch; put Hadland in for his third under posts. Simpson hit the extra points pushing the lead out to 5-38.
From the restart the Lymm forwards turned the Chester ball over and Yates set off into their 22 again, where he offloaded to the supporting hands of Hadland who barged his way over under sticks. Simpson converted making the score 5-45. Chester hadn’t given up and penetrated deep into our 22 again where a last ditch tackle bundled the Chester attacker into touch. From the defending throw in, on our line, the lads produced the try of the game when the play went the full length of the pitch with everyone getting involved and finally finished off by Hadland for his fifth try of the game. Simpson again converted and moved the score out to 5-52.
There was still time left for Lymm to conjure up two more scores. The first came from an attacking lineout on the Chester 5m line which we lost but Senior came through and stole the ball before bundling his way over the line. 5-57. Finally, with the last play of the game, Senior crashed the ball up field before being tackled on the 22, where the forwards cleared out the ruck, giving the backs space and time to move the ball from one touchline to the other and see Taylor Hopkinson finish off in the corner. The final whistle went with a score of 62-5.
Squad: Rhys Price, James Rooney, Joseph Senior, Alfred Simpson, Harry Ratcliffe, George Inman, Cameron Gray, Mason Beardsworth, Oliver Brown, Kiran Soni, Norman George, Lewis Walsh, Jack Wadsworth, Harrison Aird, Adam Bushell, Matthew Leach, J Hadland, Ethan Yates, Quinn Peers, Joseph Heaton, Taylor Hopkinson, Ellam Cameron