Mar­gin of vic­tory hard on vis­i­tors

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE - KINGSTONE PRESS CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

MAY­FIELD took two valu­able league points with a solid and con­vinc­ing, if un­spec­tac­u­lar, vic­tory over Cum­brian op­po­si­tion.

De­spite the score­line sug­gest­ing oth­er­wise, the vis­i­tors gave them a stiff test in at­tack and de­fence.

The first 25 min­utes of the game was a penalty-athon, as both sides strug­gled to get a grip on the con­test.

Egre­mont were first to set­tle and took ad­van­tage of May­field mis­takes to camp out on the home team’s try line, but the de­fence held strong for four re­peat sets.

The Cum­bri­ans looked set to get their fifth chance at a try when Matty Ash­ton clean dropped the ball on ex­it­ing his line, but Sean Watkins spared his blushes by in­ter­cept­ing an Egre­mont pass and rac­ing to half way be­fore hand­ing onto Matty Ash­ton who was be hauled down 20 me­tres short on the right.

The Rochdale boys showed pa­tience though, and fast, wide hands to the left found Jack Samp­son in acres of space and he crossed in the corner.

It was too wide for Chris Hough to con­vert and it stayed at 4-0.

May­field smartly re­cov­ered the restart and Samp­son weaved through the de­fence to half way. Two quick play the balls later, Egre­mont were at sixes and sevens and De­clan Sheri­dan scooted over for a try.

Chris Hough again missed the con­ver­sa­tion and it stayed 8-0 un­til half time.

May­field just needed to cut out the er­rors and mis­takes to progress, but they had de­fended well to keep the vis­i­tors to nil.

Eight min­utes into the sec­ond half Egre­mont worked space on the left but the winger dropped the pass with an open line in front of him.

Four plays later May­field had charged to the vis­i­tors try line.

Zak Baker smashed into the de­fence and Paul Brear­ley took a neat off­load to drive over for a Hough con­verted try and 14-0.

Egre­mont needed to dig in and they tried hard but, on their next exit set, Sean Watkins chased a long kick hard, and took the ball from the re­turn­ing Egre­mont player in a oneon-one tackle, rac­ing in for a try, con­verted by Hough for 20-0.

The game was over with 30 min­utes to play but May­field pressed on.

Egre­mont lost their tal­is­manic stand off as he was in­jured keep­ing out a fly­ing Wayne English, and his ef­forts were in vain as Brear­ley was just stopped on the line on the right then wide hands found Lewis But­ter­worth in space and his sub­lime pass drew the cover and gave Samp­son the space to dive over in the corner for 24-0.

With ten min­utes left and May­field again on the at­tack, Brear­ley raced across the line and found man of the match Wayne English with a neat in­side ball. He sliced through un­der the posts for a Zac Hart­ley con­verted try and 30-0.

May­field owed much to the strong de­fence, par­tic­u­larly on their own line, and at­tacked well when dis­ci­plined enough to get field po­si­tion.

Full­back English was good value for his man of the match award – safe at the back and scin­til­lat­ing in at­tack – and he was well sup­ported by an en­thu­si­as­tic pack, par­tic­u­larly hooker Lewis Ain­ley, back rower Sean Watkins and spon­sors man of the match, Zak Baker.

Aidy Gleeson snr

Wayne English on the charge for May­field against Egre­mont

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