Warrington Avenge Early Season Defeat
By David Jervis
Eleven try win over Kirkby Lonsdale
Warrington 2nd XV 69 Kirkby Lonsdale 2nd XV 17
Having taken a weakened side to Kirkby Lonsdale for the first match of the season and been humiliated by a 50-0 loss, Warrington’s second string gained revenge in spades by running in eleven tries in the return fixture.
The try fest was started with a score from left winger James Daley, converted by Darren Norman, and quickly continued by right winger Will Maudsley, who demonstrated the talent he has shown all season by crossing for the first of his four tries. Maudsley was unlucky not to score again minutes later but the attacking momentum was continued when veteran centre Tony Fretwell took a superb ball on the burst and fed Will Maudesly, who claimed his second score.
Kirkby Lonsdale then replied with a conveted try bu Warrington’s lead was soon increased when iconic skipper, Shaun Yoxhall toched down after relentless forward pressure. Darren Norman converted. The ubiquitous Craig Byrne then put in a signature rumbustious run and good backing up saw the ball find the safe hands of Will Maudesly, who weaved his way over fro his third score. Shaun McDermott converted, to make the half time score 31-7.
It was the visitors who opened the scoring in the second period with an excellent try but a great take and tackle-breaking run from Darren Norman saw him hand onto Phil Lyons who rumbled over. Darren Norman converted. It was then the turn of the ever-present Tony Fretwell to show his paces. Intercepting in his own half, the ageless centre covered the sixty yards to the try line like a twenty year old and touched down to the delight of spectators, teammates – and himself. Darren Norman again converted.
When play was restarted on the Kirkby Lonsdale 22, following an ambitious drop goal attempt from Shaun McDermott, playing his last game for the club, an exciting break from Will Maudsley saw him hand on to Darren Norman and the full back touched down in the corner. Kirkby Lonsdale were still trying to play open rugby and their enthusiasm was rewarded with a third try, scored by their busy second row. But this resurgence was short-lived as a turn-over in the Kirkby 22 saw that man Will Maudsley cross for his fourth score.
Matt Rockey then got his name on the scoresheet when he showed he has lost none of his guile with a sleek sidestep and swerve to touch down under the posts for a try converted once again by Darren Norman. Warrington’s good day at the office was then completed by a Steve Riley try, which made the final score 69-17.
“This was just reward for a team which has played well all season,” enthused captain Shaun Yoxhall. “If we can keep these lads together, I am certain we can do very well next season.”