Warrington 2nds Come from Behind to Win
By David Jervis
Three try blitz in fourth quarter gives them victory by three points
Warrington 2nd XV 29 Fylde 3rd XV 26
Warrington’s young second team showed great character to come back from being 12 points behind with just twenty minutes to go to claim and excellent victory over a strong Fylde outfit. The win ensures that the side maintains its position at third in the Sale Sharks Division 1 League.
Fylde showed their speed and handling from the kick-off and they were soon 12 points ahead by virtue of two well-taken tries, one of which was converted. Warrington replied when their iconic skipper, Craig Byrne, executed a signature bullocking run to surge over. Ben Dixon converted.
The visitors then increased their lead with two penalties before Warrington man-of-the-match scurried over from scrum half. Unfortunately, on the stroke of half time, Fylde exploited a Warrington knock-on and their busy scrum half dropped a goal so that the teams turned around with Warrington nine points adrift.
Ten minutes into the second period, Fylde notched up their third try and seemed to be coasting to a win. However, Warrington refused to accept the seemingly inevitable and, as the visitors visibly tired, they turned the screw up front, where their front row of Dom Hastings, Sam Bennett and Alex Marland were dominant throughout, and struck back, scoring three tries in the last quarter. First, wing forward Dave Murphy touched down out wide and then Ben Hart, making a welcome return to the colours, crashed over from short range and Ben Dixon converted. Finally, Will Maudesley crossed in the corner to score the try which gave Warrington victory.
“I was very proud of the lads today.” Said skipper Craig Byrne. “We never gave up and the way we used our forward platform to come back shows that we will present a formidable challenge in the league this season.”