Orrell 2xv vs Leyland Warriors 1xv
By John Huyton
THIS IS JAMES GLOVER. A DRAMATIC ENDING TO A PLUSATING GAME. WHAT A SCORE! OH THAT FELLOW THAT JAMES GLOVER IS! WHO CAN STOP A MAN LIKE THAT!
Orrell 2xv take the points in a thrilling game
The rain eased off at Winstanley College and the two best teams from Division 5 & 4 locked horns for the 3rd season running. Back to back promotions swapping positions 1 & 2 in last two years set-up what would surely be an entertaining game.
The game kicked off and David Wane returning for the 1st game in two seasons was penalised and sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes. From the resultant play Leyland took advantage and scored and converted the 1st try of the match, 0-7 after 5’ minutes. From the restart Orrell took to ball to Leyland and on 9’ minutes were rewarded with a try by Ollie Wakefield converted by Matt Stafford. Dave Wane return’s and both sides attack each other’s try line. On 20’ minutes Ollie Lynn races over the line after collecting Matt Stafford's beautifully weighted grubber kick to score in the corner, 12 -7 in favour of Orrell.
Leyland Warriors then take the game to Orrell and score twice in quick succession unconverted and Leyland race into the lead 12-17 on 34’ minutes. Orrell coaches decide to change the team round with Carlton Bramwell & Louis Whitfield replacing Syd Harber and Liam Fowler. Orrell infringe again and Leyland convert the penalty 12-20 on 39’ minutes. Most heads would have dropped but not Orrell 2xv’s. From the kick-off Orrell press again for a try before half time and on 40+4’s the try came from captain Matthew Stafford. Conversion kicked and the score at half time 19-20 to Leyland.
2nd half starts with Steve Ormesher replacing Rob Lee, Orrell press forward and Leyland caught offside and Matthew Stafford converts the penalty putting Orrell back in the lead 22-20. On 59’ minutes Rob Lee replaced Martin Joice who picked up a knock following a ruck & maul. Matthew Stafford on 63’ minutes spies drop goal opportunity and increases lead 25-20. From the kick-off Leyland exploit Orrells defence and cross the try line and with the conversion grasp back the lead 25-27.
We are in for a cracking last ten minutes with both teams pressing, James Glover takes the ball and with a fantastic run crashes over the line to make the score line Orrell 30-27 75’ minutes. The whistle blows and Orrell win a fantastic game 30-27. Credit must go to both teams, what a game of rugby!
MOM James Glover
Today's 2XV J Statter, A Maguire C Sullivan, S Harber, A Kelly, A Stott, M Joice, B Garner ,
D Wayne, M Stafford, L Fowler, R Lee, S Ormesher, O Lynn, O Wakefield Subs: C Bramwell,
L Whitfield, J Glover
Next 2xv Match: Saturday Chorley 1xv vs Orrell 2xv kick-off 3:00pm