Greetland entertained potential North West Counties League Division One champions Shevington Sharks and sent them packing with a 26-18 success.
Greetland could not have got off to a worse start as a Ben Iveson kick was charged down and a Shevington player grounded the ball.
Greetland spent the next 10 minutes battling to keep Shevington at bay with powerful defence from Lewis Ainley, Thomas James and Jonny Munro before a Greetland drop out saw Shevington collect the ball and pressure the Greetland try line.
Greetland kept them out for the first five tackles, but the ball was passed swiftly down the line to the corner where a Shevington player forced his way over.
Greetland responded from one of their only forays into the opposition half. They strung together some good approach work coupled with clinical passing.
Josh Gilbert made great yards which allowed Greetland’s left flank to attack out wide. Alex Greenwood-MacDonald sending the ball to Connor Walker who off-loaded to Elliot Foster, who then stepped out of the first tackle to race away to score under the posts.
The Shevington kick off forced yet another drop out. Once again the kick barely made the 10 metre line and the visitors, having driven the ball one way, then proceeded to quickly pass the ball back up the line where they found themselves with a three on one overlap to go over out wide. Greetland conceded another try in the corner to trail 18-4 at the break.
Now it was Greetland’s turn to use the strong wind, Hayden Smith and Josh Gilbert going close before a kick over from Shevington was collected by Issac Riley in his own 40, who brushed off several defenders to score under the posts, Iveson adding the extras.
Greetland were now controlling the game and great link up play saw Ainley send a perfectly timed inside pass to the on rushing Matthew Rigby who barged his way over under the posts, Iveson again adding the extras.
From the kick off Matthew Thomson collected on the full and sliced through the tiring Shevington defence to score under the posts, Iveson successful with the extras
The final try of the game could not have been more deserved. Ellis Akhurst who was playing his final game for Greetland before moving to America, collected the ball and set off on a 50 metre run to score under the posts despite losing one of his boots in the process, taking his three season try tally to 67, from 72 games.
More Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier