Colts cruise to Pre­ston vic­tory

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●● Ac­tion from Rossendale Colts clash against Pre­ston Grasshop­pers PAUL KILSHAW PRE­STON G SNR COLTS 0 ROSSENDALE SC 53

ROSSENDALE Colts trav­elled to Pre­ston to play Grasshop­pers in the first round of the Con­fer­ence stage of the Hal­bro North West Colts league.

They were look­ing to avenge the 1st XV loss to Hop­pers a few weeks ago, and things looked good in the warmup with a squad of 19, all fired up and ready to go.

De­spite some re­silient de­fence from the home side, Rossendale dom­i­nated the game and scored eight tries without con­ced­ing a point to take a de­served vic­tory at Light­foot Green.

Pre­ston got un­der­way with a shaky start, after the kick off didn’t cover the re­quired ten me­tres, but re­cov­ered well as both teams tried to make their mark.

Rossendale started to get the up­per hand, with strong work from the for­wards and real pace in the backs when at­tack­ing, and strong tack­les and great line speed in de­fence.

Mark Rutherford-Shaw was the first on the score sheet after a quick few phases, burst­ing through sev­eral tack­les to score, with Joe Bed­low adding the ex­tras.

Dale’s next score came ●● Ac­tion from Rossendale Colts clash against Pre­ston after Hop­pers were pe­nalised for a high tackle in their own half, and Joe Bed­low stepped up to slot the penalty.

Pre­ston ral­lied for a while, and spent five min­utes in the Rossendale half, re­pelled by some good de­fend­ing from the visi­tors.

Rossendale showed some pe­ri­ods of great play then let them­selves down with poor ball re­ten­tion - some­thing the next few train­ing ses­sions will work on.

As the half time whis­tle ap­proached, Rossendale were camped on the Hop­pers try line, and Isaac Corn­wall took a ball down a nar­row blind­side, be­fore a neat off­load al­lowed Joe Bed­low to score.

After the try, there was time for the restart, which ended up in the hands of Mark Rutherford-Shaw, who then bat­tered his way through sev­eral lines of de­fence into the home side’s half, quickly re­cy­cled at the tackle and across the hands of the back­line to Oliver Mol­loy to sprint over to score and end the half Pre­ston Grasshop­pers 0-20 Rossendale.

Early in the sec­ond half, Dale were ex­ert­ing the pres­sure again, steal­ing a scrum against the head in Hop­pers’ twenty-two then al­low­ing Jor­dan For­tune to break from the base and crash over to score, with Job Bed­low adding the con­ver­sion.

Max Lyth was next on the score­board after re­act­ing quickly to a penalty awarded for a Pre­ston player il­le­gally us­ing his hands in the ruck, and slic­ing through the re­tir­ing de­fence to score, again with Joe Bed­low adding the ex­tras.

It was an­other quick penalty, this time from Jor­dan For­tune just in­side the Hop­pers’ half that al­lowed him to beat the de­fence and score his sec­ond.

Joe Bed­low had his kick­ing boots on, as he slot­ted an­other con­ver­sion.

It was an­other break from Mark Ruther­fordShaw that started the next scor­ing move, as he fed Jor­dan For­tune in his own half who gal­loped to­wards the try line, pass­ing to Tom Unsworth to fin­ish off the move, with Joe Bed­low again adding the ex­tras.

The fi­nal try was again the re­sult of a Jor­dan For­tune charge brought down but quickly re­cy­cled, with Joe Bed­low mak­ing a dart­ing run be­fore he fed Tom Unsworth, then Ciaran Camp­bell run­ning in sup­port, who made two ex­cel­lent steps to de­ceive the de­fend­ers and crossed the white­wash to score with the fi­nal play.

Rossendale’s Man of the Match went to Jor­dan For­tune - he had an im­mense game, mak­ing his pres­ence felt all over the park and could have bagged him­self a hat-trick other than for his self­less pass on sev­enth try. ●● Ac­tion from Rossendale’s game against Lymm

Garry Newell

Garry Newell

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