Sport 

U11B Rugby v Longridge Towers

Wednesday 8th March 

The “B”’s travelled to Longridge on Wednesday for this re-arranged rugby fixture. The sun was out on a mild Spring day, but the stiff wind would be a factor on the soft pitch.

St. Marys started well and had most of the early pressure and in 5 minutes Ed S scored the opening try after some good lead up play by Jake M and George B. Both teams tackled well as the wind meant there was more initial driving forward with ball in hand. Passing out vide into the wind was a challenge, but to their credit it still proved to have a fair measure of success as Mitchell C at stand- off got his line moving well.

Longridge scored a good try to even matters up after a good Archie J tackle stopped the first probe. But this was quickly followed by a Stewart M try as he showed good feet as he eluded defenders to break through from a penalty 5 metres out. Ed S added another after a good pass from Callum A, only for Longridge to cut the lead to one try again. However Ed S scored his third from the restart as he took a flat ball at pace and broke straight throw.

Ollie L had a good run as he tried to outflank the home defence, but the mud played its part and the cover got to him. Longridge came back again with another try though for the first time 1 or 2 tackles were missed by St. Marys. However Ed S again restored the 2 try lead right on halftime after Jake M and George B had driven on well once more. 5-3

Play was even at the start of the 2nd half with both teams attempting to get ball out. Wings Alex M and Archie J were getting more possession as the boys adjusted to the wind.  In fact a lovely passing movement into the wind allowed Alex M to have a dart up the side where he linked up with the supporting Jake M. Then from a scrum 10 metres out, a strike against the head allowed Stewart M to go blind side and score in the corner.

At this point in the match, having established a good lead, the boys it has to be said eased off. Back came the home team with 2 tries! 6-5. However a good Ed S drive set up a ruck on the home line and Callum A picked up and dived over. Longridge still kept at it and were rewarded with another try. Could the home team grab the equaliser or would St. Marys hold out! Well up stood Stewart M who again displayed his stepping abilities and he danced over leaving 2 or 3 defenders in his wake.

The final few minutes were played out comfortably by St. Marys and the final score remained 8-6
 
Mr A Rutherford  
 

U11B RUGBY 8 MARCH

U11B RUGBY 8 MARCH 2
photos by Mrs Letts
 


Jules Birdsall, 09/03/2017