May­field in fi­nal

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL - KINGSTONE PRESS CON­FER­ENCE PRE­MIER SI­MON HOWE

MAY­FIELD se­cured safety in the high­est di­vi­sion of am­a­teur rugby league on Satur­day, with a vic­tory over Hud­der­s­field ri­vals Un­der­bank.

An in­con­sis­tent sea­son saw May­field need­ing vic­tory in the fi­nal game of the cam­paign and they got the valu­able two points in style, scor­ing six tries to cel­e­brate the club’s 60th an­niver­sary.

May­field leg­end Pete Stran­dring played in the very first game in 1958, also against Un­der­bank, and was part of a huge crowd for the spe­cial day.

The vis­i­tors struck first when Sam But­ter­worth failed to find touch from a penalty and Un­der­bank used sim­ple pass­ing to find space on the left side of the home de­fence – a feat that was all too eas­ily re­peated a numbers of times dur­ing the game.

May­field hit back quickly, show­ing good han­dling skills in the atro­cious weather to give Lewis But­ter­worth space on the left to drive over the try line – too wide for Lewis Sheri­dan to con­vert.

At 4-6 May­field set­tled into the game and 20 min­utes in, show­ing con­trol of the ball not of­ten seen this sea­son, worked their way up­field to gain field po­si­tion and Jimmy Con­naughton smashed through the line for a try, this time con­verted by Lewis Sheri­dan, 10-6.

May­field con­tin­ued to push hard with con­trol of the ball and quick play the balls, and the pres­sure started to tell on Un­der­bank, as they con­ceded a penalty in kick­ing range and Lewis Sheri­dan duly con­verted for 12-6.

For­wards Cal­lum Mar­riott and Paul Brear­ley led the team in at­tack and de­fence but Un­der­bank are a tough team to beat, as their fifth place in the league sug­gest, and they hit back , again through right winger Sam Ansell who was un­stop­pable all af­ter­noon. He scored the sec­ond of his three tries on 25 min­utes to level the scores.

May­field stuck to the task though and again earned field po­si­tion with con­trolled play. Brear­ley took a good ball on the line on twist over in the tackle for a try un­der the posts, con­verted by Lewis Sheri­dan for 18-12. With the half time whis­tle loom­ing, Lewis Sheri­dan ex­tended the lead with an­other penalty for 20-12.

●●Jimmy Con­naughton car­ries the ball for­ward for May­field against Un­der­bank on Satur­day

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