Akhurst bags late try to seal win

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GREETLAND All Rounders under 15s made the long journey to Warrington to play Crosfields in their second game in the North West Counties League Division One and returned with an 18-14 success.

Greetland started poorly and still looked half asleep when powerful forward drives from the Crosfields pack had the defence scrambling to get back in the line when some quick hands allowed the winger to cross in the corner.

The pace of the game was unsettling the Greetland defence and it was only a matter of time before the referee penalised them twice for lying on in the tackle. Crosfields took full advantage, taking a quick tap and going under some sloppy Greetland defence to score under the posts.

Greetland then started to play the game that they are capable of. Strong drives from Isaac Riley, Thomas James and Jonny Munro gave them good field position.

However, it was from three consecutive penalties that Ben Iveson finally crossed out wide on the right.

Crosfields hit straight back despite some excellent defensive work from Lewis Ainley, Ted Fraine and Jacob Duffy. A high kick on the last was left to bounce and from the resulting scramble the Crosfields player barged his way over for a converted try in the last action of the half.

Defences on both sides were starting to force mistakes as the weather took a turn for the worse, and it was only a matter of time before Greetland got the scoreboard moving again. The introduction of Ellis Akhurst and Adam Firth, who was playing his first game for the club, saw a high kick cause confusion in the Crosfields defence which allowed Firth to palm the ball back to Akhurst who powered his way over out wide.

As the Crosfields defence started to tire, Greetland started to play some good open rugby.

Once again Akhurst caused problems down the right hand side, drawing several defenders into the tackle before the ball was quickly passed down the line, Alex MacDonald shipping to Iveson who drew the defender before laying the ball off to Connor Walker who dummied to Foster before crashing over in the corner.

The next couple of sets saw mistakes by both sides before Greetland completed the scoring when Akhurst received the ball on his own 40 and blasted his way through a very tired looking Crosfields defence. It then became a foot race between him and the impressive Crosfields fullback with Akhurst winning the duel to score a converted try under the posts.