Blackpool Stanley U13 26 – 14 New Springs Lions U13
|League||Under 13 team 2013|
|Venue||Blackpool Stanley Park, West Park Drive, Barlow Crescent, Blackpool, FY3 9EQ|
Blackpool Stanley managed a close victory against a much depleted New Springs side. The visitors arrived at Stanley park with only ten players and put in a spirited performance against a full strength Stanley outfit. Despite the lack of numbers the Wigan side showed much more enthusiasm for the task in hand and only lost out in the final quarter of the game to the home side with more numbers on the field.
Stanley started well enough and looked to have the potential to inflict a heavy score on their guests. Hindley scored the opening try after 5 minutes which Oliver Tribe converted (6 – 0). A further try after 8 minutes again from Hindley who outstripped the Springs defence to score in the corner (10-0). Some sloppy play by what looked like an over confident Stanley side let Springs in to the game (10 – 6). With half time approaching Hindley looked to have completed his hat-trick only to have been adjudged to have stepped over the dead ball line whilst trying to advance the ball to beneath the posts. Half time and the score was evenly balanced at 10 – 6.
New Springs started the second half the better side and managed to level the scores after only 2 minutes of the second half (10 – 10). This seemed to spark the Stanley side in to action and with only 4 minutes of the half gone Craven burst through a number of would be tacklers to score under the posts which was converted by Luke Whitelow to make the score 16 – 10. Stanley then had the better of the possession although failed to capitalise with loose play in strong positions, gifting New Springs possession. Springs seemed to be gaining in confidence whilst Stanley failed to make any advantage from their extra numbers. However with 11 minutes of the half gone Bullen picked up a loose pass and ran 40 metres to score out wide, making the score 20 – 10 in the home sides favour. The visitors were not for giving in and managed a score out wide to make the score 20 -14. The game was finely balanced entering the last quarter and fortunately for Stanley it was them who scored next through Harrison, Whitelow converted. 26 – 14. The referees whistle concluding the game following the conversion.
Stanley’s best performances came from Jordan Hindley in the pack, Dean Harding with a short spell at hooker and Luke Whitelow with some strong defence in the centres.
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