14 Try Annihilation of St Benedicts
By David Jervis
But respect to the Cumbrians for fulfilling the fixture
Warrington 96 St Benedicts 3
In what must really be classed as a “no contest”, because St Benedicts arrived at Walton Lea Road with just 12 players, due to a car breaking down on the M6, Warrington ran in 14 tries, 13 of which were converted, to move up to sixth in North 1 West.
It took just two minutes for the procession to start, when Josh Downes bludgeoned his way over from 20 yards and Ben Hockenhull slotted the conversion. Two minutes later, Tom Arnold made good ground before putting in a beautiful cross kick which was superbly picked up y Steve Pilkington and the centre crossed. The third try came from winger Arnold and was converted from the touchline by Ben Hockenhull.
The bonus point fourth try was scored by Phil Lynch, after another bullocking run from Josh Downes but at this point, St Benedicts brave twelve started to exert pressure through their forwards and the next ten minutes belonged to them. However, the spirited fight-back was short-lived as Nathan Beesley hared over for two quick tries and a try from Max Caldwell took Warrington’s score to 49.
Harry Kellett then provided one of the highlights of a one-sided match when he caught the restart and then ran 60 yards. He was brought down short but managed to offload to Kieran Hughes for the first of his four ties.
With the score 75-0 athalf time, Warrington decided to remove three payers to even up the contest and Benedicts immediately took advantage with a penalty goal. But Warrington swiftly got back to work and Tom Arnold completed his hat-trick and Josh Downes crossed for his second before the referee brought an early end to proceedings.
“In the pre-league days, we would probably have evened up the sides to make a game of it,” admitted coach Andy Roberts. ”Today it is all about league points and league position. However, all respect the St Benedicts, who still put on their shirts and played, even though they knew they were in for a drumming. Our next game is against Stockport. I think that might be a bit different.”