Warrington Unbeatable From The Start
Great team display with superb individual performances
Warrington 2nd XV 50 Crewe & Nantwich 2nd XV 7
The encounter between these two midtable teams should, on paper, have ben a fairly even affair. In the reality of a muddy ground with a soapy ball, Warrington were looking unbeatable from 15 minutes in, when they had already notched up two tries. The first stemmed from a neat break by centre Tony Fretwell, recycled quickly to full back Ben Dixon who fed centre Wil Maudsley who finied with try in the corner. The second followed a quick counter attack from Dixon who beat three or four defenders in mid field to open the defence for No8 Nick Pennington to score under the posts. Dixon converted both.
Prop Sam Bennett was next on the score sheet, 5 minutes later, finishing off from 5 yards out after a sequence of determined drives from the Warrington pack. With the first quarter gone, Crewe& Nantwich had their first spell of pressure when an interception in midfield took them to within yards of the Warrington line. Committed defence from Warrington and complete blindness to a four man overlap from the visitors kept the Warrington line intact despite 10 minutes of severe pressure. During this phase Crewe were reduced to fourteen men due to the loss of their prop through a head injury. This loss compounded the disparity in the sides and Warrington romped in with two more tries from Fretwell and a second from Maudsley to take the score to 31-0 at the interval.
Early in the second half Maudsley notched up his hat trick with the try of the match. A well- weighted grubber kick from the Warrington centre beat the defensive winger. Collecting the ball again, Maudsley used the same tactic to similar effect, beating the full back, recollecting the ball courtesy of a kindly bounce and going over for his third try.
Warrington’s centre Danny Griffith now volunteered to play for the visitors and brought a much more incisive edge to the Crewe back line. As a result Crewe pulled a try back, but two more in the third quarter, one from winger Mark Tickle and one from man of the match Pennington were icing on the cake for Warrington.
“Naturally, our task was made easier when they were reduced to fourteen men,” admitted captain Sean Yoxhall, “However, we already had the game won at that stage with some great rugby and some excellent individual efforts.”