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1st September 2007 Ashton Under Lyne v Warrington 0 - 19 W

 

 

 

Ashton Under Lyne v Warrington RUFC

 

Warrington RUFC eased into the second round of the RFU Senior Vase with a comfortable win, nilling an opposition side for the first time since January 2003. The side showed eight changes from the previous week as late withdrawls, Shaun McDermott?s stag weekend and the leaving behind at the club of young Ross Leah disrupted preparations. However, the reintroduction of Anton Fields in the centre, five and a half years after his last 1st XV game, and the potent running of Adam Guest and James Shaw gave Warrington an edge over their hosts who played a forward motivated style of play.

 

A delightful sleight of hand from Fields sent Guest through a gap and his speed and swerve saw him ghost past the full back for Warrington?s opening try after twenty minutes with Matt Rockey adding the conversion. Warrington were playing into a stiff breeze in the first half but with a steady supply of line out ball from Eddie Fields and an impressive full debut from Martin Tierney meant that Warrington controlled both possession and territory and Ashton only briefly threatened the visitors line.

 

The start of the second half saw Warrington very much on the defensive but strong tackling, notably from another full debutant, former pop idol star Craig Davies, meant the line was never breached and Warrington slowly regained control.

 

Steve Tickle came on to replace the third player making his full debut, Adam Guest, who left the field rather groggy after an accidental knock to the head. This meant a reshaping of the team with Jayesh Kerai moving into the centre. Man of the Match Jonathan ?Big Bird? Hughes made the game safe when he was rewarded for good support play as he peeled of the back of a tackle and spun over in the corner.

 

In the final minute James Shaw who had an excellent game at full back cut through the home defence and chipped forward. A wicked bounce of the ball deceived the Ashton full back and Paul Yeadon was on hand to scoop up the ball and race through under the posts giving Rockey an easy conversion to complete the scoring.

 

Warrington start their League campaign this weekend when they travel to Ormskirk, a notoriously difficult place to grind out a result, and Director of Rugby Steve Peters has the inenviable task of selecting his team from a full squad of players for the first time this season. A number of players drafted in for the two opening games have impressed and taken their chance well so many of the returning players may well find they have to make their way back to the first team all the way from the 3?s and 4?s!

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