Patched up side off to per­fect start

Middleton Guardian - - BYGONE DAYS -

NORTH WEST MEN’S LEAGUE MAY­FIELD ...................... 16 WIDNES TIGERS ............. 8

AF­TER a stel­lar sea­son last year May­field NWML opened their sea­son in the first divi­sion with a hard fought vic­tory against last years play off fi­nal­ists Widnes Tigers.

They didn’t have high hopes as a num­ber of play­ers were lost to the first team and work com­mit­ments, mean­ing that they only had two subs and had to field four u18s in the start­ing 13.

May­field went be­hind in the first minute and two mis­takes saw Tigers run the length of the field and score on May­field’s right hand side, the kick hit­ting the post. This was a wake up call for the field.

The debu­tants wasted no time in­tro­duc­ing them­selves with Jackson Kelly mak­ing some bone crunch­ing tack­les, Sal Mah­mood tak­ing the ball for­ward at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and strong car­ries from Wayne Ban­nis­ter.

It was end to end stuff un­til scrum half Lewis But­ter­worth danced his way through the de­fence to put the ball over the line, Kelly kick­ing the two.

Shaun Hur­ley and Travis Holden were out­stand­ing in both at­tack and de­fence, with the re­turn­ing Lee Atkin­son get­ting them around the field from hooker.

Atkin­son scored the sec­ond just be­fore half time, again Kelly kick­ing the two.

The sec­ond half saw tigers get their sec­ond wind and scrappy de­fend­ing saw them get back into the game with a try scored off a neat chip, the kick was missed again, 12-8 to May­field.

The game hung in the bal­ance, both teams fail­ing to cap­i­talise on some fine chances. But with less than a minute to go Hur­ley ce­mented his place as MOM as he car­ried four Widnes play­ers over the line. Kelly sealed the win and a great per­sonal per­for­mance by adding the two.

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