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Ince Rose bridge u13 22 v West Bank Bears u13 24
11:29am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
Following two strong wins in as many weeks West Bank went into this game with a lot of confidence and It wasn’t long before the Bears gained a strangle hold on it with a couple of great scores from Scott Curphey.
The first was an individual run from Scott which reaffirmed the quality we have seen from him over the last few months and the second was as a result of some great team passing on the ince right hand flank.
As Jonny Dearden broke clear he drew the Ince second row in and found Will Donnelly surprisingly on the West Bank left wing , outrunning 3 ince players he made his way to the Ince try line 15 metres out where he found Scott with an sensational pass inside.
This split the Ince defence to give the Bears a deserved lead, Jonny completed 1 conversion having just missed out on the second when he hit the bar to take the score to 10-0 and give the Bears the lead.
Not to be outdone Nathan Filkins demonstrated the brilliance we have come to expect; utilising the dummy runs he created the space to glide past the Ince back line to score a deserved try, he then converted the kick to take the score to 16-0.
Ince Rose Bridge then sparked into life with the number 17 having only played a handful of games driving the ball forward into the heart of the Bears half, Conner Brittles who is growing in stature and confidence every game refused to be beaten and ably supported by James Stancliffe, George Timms and Morgan Chesters drew a impenetrable wall across the Bears 20 metre line.
Ince kept coming at the Bears and forced a penalty in the centre of the pitch with just under 5 minutes of the half to go, feeding the two big props to gain vital metres their number 12 out ran the Bears defence for an easy 4 points, with the extra points safely secured the half time whistle blew Ince Rose 6 West Bank Bears 16.
Making his return was Jack Kinsella who suffered a shoulder injury in the North West Counties final win against Rylands in July, this gave the Bears a great lift as he started to spray the ball around the pitch reminding the team of his undoubted talent by bringing Jack Baker and James Reid more and more into the game and giving the opportunity for Jordan Howarth to score an easy try from 3 metres out.
With the score now at 20 - 6 for the Bears they started to take the foot off the gas thinking the job was complete, but Ince had other ideas and but for 3 try saving tackles from Kieran Owens who was sensational today and some strong determined running from the back the Bears could quite easily have thrown this game away midway through the second half. Unable to stop the inevitable, Ince scored again but with a quick reply from Scott Curphey again the lead was reinstated 24-10 for the Bears.
Just as the Bears reached the last 7 minutes of the game and with the Bears resigning them selves to a third straight victory Ince came at the Bears again producing one of the most nail biting closes to a game this season. Two successful try’s and conversions brought the score to 24-22 and with 2 minutes to play the Bears struggled to keep Ince out.
Hit after hit the Bears defence stood strong, with the last two minutes seeming like 20 the team grew strength from each other showing a determination we haven’t seen before. With backs against the wall Will and George threw their bodies at the attacking Ince prop. The Ball came free and George pounced raising the ball in the air like the statue of liberty, he celebrated the tackle only to be reminded by the rest of the team to play on, it was too late, 3 Ince players took the opportunity and pushed the Bears back over their own try line.
Nathan with a kick from under the sticks and confirmation from the ref of two plays to complete the game stepped up with confidence and maturity to force the unlucky Ince player into a mistake “KNOCK ON” and game over. Bears win 24-22 and the charge continues. Next up is Rylands at home.
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