A team pow­ers way to play-offs

Rochdale Observer - - SPORT - MAY­FIELD A .................. 28 CHORLEY PAN­THERS.. 10 SI­MON HOWE

LEAGUE lead­ers and Shield win­ners May­field A pro­gressed to the fi­nal of the di­vi­sional play-offs with a re­sound­ing vic­tory over Chorley Pan­thers on Satur­day, scor­ing five scin­ti­lat­ing tries and treat­ing the large crowd to a great show of ef­fort and no lit­tle skill.

May­field started the game strong and got the first chance with big de­fence forc­ing a Chorley er­ror in their own half, but Jack Rush dropped the first drive then missed a tackle on the vis­i­tors’ quick-footed scrum half who raced to the cor­ner only to be stopped short by good cover from Rob Ker­shaw and Nick Har­g­reaves.

Chorley’s big for­wards con­trolled the cen­tre field but tena­cious tack­ling, par­tic­u­larly from Jor­dan Cella and Har­g­reaves, met them head on and smart halves play by Cole and Cameron Con­nolly found gaps on the fringes for long breaks and tries.

First, on 10 min­utes, Rob Ker­shaw sped down the left wing and fed Cole Con­nolly in­side for a try he goaled him­self for 6-0.

Five min­utes later they re­peated the dose on the right as quick play and good pass­ing found John Foy in the clear and he put Ko­mai Na­mu­latua in at the cor­ner, too wide for the con­ver­sion.

At 10-0 May­field were cruis­ing, but a cou­ple of penal­ties in pos­ses­sion when on the break and two ef­forts ruled out for a for­ward pass and a drop over the line, kept the score down and Chorley dug in, led by their ex-pro­fes­sional scrum half and loose for­ward.

With the half time whis­tle loom­ing May­field failed to com­plete exit sets and con­ceded penal­ties and Chorley scored a short range try con­verted for 10-6 at half time.

From the restart May­field fi­nally fin­ished a set and Nick Har­g­reaves burst through from 30 me­tres out for a try con­verted by Cole Con­nolly for 16-4.

Five min­utes later Luke Hart­ley and Corey New­sham com­bined to get May­field to the line and Cole Con­nolly found Jack Rush with a beat flat pass and he crash over for a try con­verted by Cole Con­nolly for 22-4.

With 18 min­utes left May­field had ef­fec­tively sealed a place in the fi­nal but Chorley fought hard and brought the best out of the home side’s at­tack as slick hands found Matty Chrimes on the left and he broke through, pass­ing in­side to Cameron Con­noly to dive over for 28-4.

Chorley scored a con­so­la­tion try for 28-10 but May­field were through – and good value for it.

Man of the match was Nick Har­g­reaves but he was pushed all the way by Cole Con­nolly and Corey New­sham, while Jor­dan Cella put in an im­pres­sive shift in the mid­dle, on at­tack and de­fence.

Corey New­sham. Rob Ker­shaw, Joe Scholfield, john Foy, Ko­mai Na­mu­latua. John Mars­land, Cameron Con­nolly. Nick Har­g­reaves, Cole Con­nolly, Jor­dan Cella, Lewis But­ter­worth, Matty Chrimes, Jack Rush. Ma­caulay Con­nolly, Sean Hur­ley, Paul Reily

Ai­dan Glee­son snr

●●Ac­tion from May­field A’s vic­tory against Chorley Pan­thers at the week­end

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