New Springs Lions U13 8; Blackpool Stanley U13 34
|League||Under 13 team 2013|
Blackpool Stanley travelled away for the second week in succession with a full squad and proved to be technically the better side on the day. Coaches Simon Hornby and Ryan O’Neill stuck with the winning side from the previous week and were rewarded with a good start from the Stanley team in a first half where their line barely look troubled. Stanley received the ball from the kick off and soon established their dominance with props Liam Harrison and Sean Craven laying the platform for halves Cameron Bullen and Jordan Hindley to set up the first try for Nathan Winter after only 2 minutes Further tries followed shortly afterwards from Ajay Lord and Liam Harrison, one of which was converted by Lord making the score 14 – 0 to the visitors after only 12 minutes.
The Stanley defence stood strong against a revived Lions side during the next phase of play with centre Daniel Stretton, Dean Harding and Jordan Hindley particularly effective in marshalling the Stanley defence and stopping the advancing Lions. Whilst the Lions roared the Stanley defence refused to give and when presented with possession just before half time, Connor Rothey playing well at hooker started a move that saw Hindley pass to Lord who out flanked the defence to score under the posts, Nathan Winter converted from under the posts, making the half time score 20 – 0 in Stanley’s favour.
Stanley made changes at half time, introducing substitutes Harry Trask and Oliver Tribe for some much needed game time. Stanley’s pattern of play seemed to be affected by the changes and the free flowing rugby of the first half was not as prevalent, although Trask was always visible in support of the bigger forwards. The back row forwards of Feargus Anderson, Ajay Lord and Jack Jones worked well as a unit and as the half progressed helped restore Stanley’s dominance. It was half way through the second half before Stanley crossed the line, again a flowing move on tackle three saw Hindley feed Lord who went over in the corner 24 -0. Shortly afterwards Lord went over for what would have been his fourth try of the gave but he unselfishly passed after he had crossed the line to Tribe who was in support. Tribe touched down for the easiest of tries 28 – 0. With ten minutes remaining and after some good approach work Tribe was able to cross the line again for his second of the game which Lord converted to make the score 34 – 0 in the visitors favour. Two late tries by the Lions spoilt what would have been a perfect performance from the visitors, making the final score 34 – 8.
Man of the match for Stanley was Ajay Lord
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