Blackpool Stanley 40 Rylands Sharks 14
Blackpool Stanley moved up to 3rd in the league after this comprehensive win over one of their closest rivals Rylands of Warrington with a good team performance all round.
From the start Stanley went at the away side with the Hindley brothers leading the defence with some great hits leading to a scrum with James Torkington powering over for a try. Stanley knock ons were helping the away side giving them attacking chances but from one of these Dave Minnikin intercepted a pass to score under the posts for a try which he then converted. The home side was being tested by the away on their own line but the defence was holding out and when Stanley got the ball back and with some slick handling Jordan Hindley broke free to then put his brother Ben in at the corner for a try converted from the sideline by Brett Whitehead giving Stanley a healthy 16 point lead.
The heavier Rylands pack were trying to get their team back into the game but again the home sides pack were holding well led by props Andy Lee and Henry Stelfox. Stanley then got another score after more good handling by all led to Torkingtons 2nd try again converted but then fell asleep after the restart leading to Rylands getting a try in the corner on the half time whistle.
Rylands kept Stanley on the back foot at the beginning of the second half getting another try leading to the Stanley players to dig deep and get back to their game plan. Rylands then dropped the ball on half way with Jack Connell picking up and after being held he released a great ball in tackle to Joe Kirton who sped over from 30m out for a converted try.
Indiscipline from the home side was letting Rylands piggyback up the field with successive penalties with the outset being a converted try. The back line of the home side well led by man of the match Kirton was causing more problems for the away side with their speed and handling leading to another converted try by Minnikin.
A great result was finished off by player coach Whitehead who from halfway surged through the away defence to beat them all to the line for a great individual try converted by Reiss Yorke giving the home side the win and that 3rd place looking forward to carry on their good form away at Newton Storm next Saturday.