Warrington Overpowered at Broughton Park
By David Jervis
But excellent performance from pack and young tyros
Broughton Park 2nd XV 40 Warrington 2nd XV 7
Warrington’s young second team suffered a mauling at the hands of a heavier, more experienced Broughton Park outfit but the veterans in the side, notably the front row, the evergreen Mark Tickle and their iconic captain, Craig Byrnes, ensured that they were not disgraced. Although they lost, they still retain their third position in the Sale Sharks league.
Broughton Park soon showed their strength up front when they took advantage of weak Warrington tackling to bully their way over for two converted tries. A well-worked catch=and-drive game them a further seven points and the sides turned round with Warrington 21 points adrift.
Park increased their lead within minutes of the restart but Warrington responded strongly and were held up three times over the line. Unfortunately, the score would not come and Park took advantage of another Warrington lapse when they broke out of their own five metre zone and ran 90 yards to take their tally to 35.
Warrington eventually got on the score sheet when their captain courageous, Craig Byrne, playing on with a head injury sustained in the first forty minutes, bustled over for a try in the corner. Shaun McDerrmott converted from the touchline, with a grace that bodes well for his forthcoming appearance in St Rocco’s Strictly Come Dancing competition. However, Park had the last word when they crossed again to take their total to 40.
“We were really up against it today,” commented a still-dazed Craig Byrne. “Park had too much fire-power up front but I was pleased with the performance of the pack generally and with our two 17 year-old wingers, Luke Turner and Tom Heaps.”