Warrington 2nd XV Hold on Against Broughton Park 2nd XV
By David Jervis
Last kick of game denies visitors Losing bonus point
Warrington 2nd XV 37 Broughton Park 2nd XV 29
In an exciting and entertaining game, which saw Broughton Park almost achieve a Lazarus comeback, Warrngton managed to tough it out and even denied the vistors a losing bonus point with the last kick of the match.
Warrington started well but it was Park who scored first when their veteran centre, who was dangerous every time he touched the ball, used his strength to force his way over. Warrington could easily have scored when an exquisite back pass, out of the back door from Shaun McDermott to Craig Byrnes should have borne fruit but the last pass went astray. However, Warrington got on the scorebard minutes later when Park knocked on in their five yard zone and the ball was picked up and flashed out to Max Caldwell and the elusive winger scored in the corner. Ben Dixon converted.
Ben Dixon then increased Warrington’s lead when he kicked a penalty after a signature bullocking run from Craig Byrnes to make the half time score 10-5.
Ten minutes into the second period a second Dixon penalty increased Warrington’s lead. This was soon increased when Warrington pressed on the visitors’ line and a brilliant tap-on pass found Alex Stewart who screeched through a gap in the defence to touch down under the posts. Ben Dixon added the extras. Warrington’s lead was soon increased to 22 points when Jack stride field a long-distance Park clearance kick and made good ground. The Warrington forwards piled into the ensuing ruck and a deft short pass from Ben Dixon was picked up by Craig Byrnes, who showed that he is unstoppable from five yards, to smash over. Ben Dixon again converted.
Broughton Park replied with a second try from their veteran centre but from the restart Warrington applied pressure up front and eventually Andy Buck picked up and weaved his way over for an excellent try. Ben Dixon again converted and Warrington looked unassailable at 34-10 with ten minutes to go.
Unfortunately, Broughton Park had not read the script. They first cut the lead with a third try from their centre and then were awarded a penalty try With the game in its dying minutes, they scored another converted try to bring them within five points of Warrington. But when Warrington were awarded a penalty with the clock already in the red, up stepped Ben Dixon to kick a goal from half way and deny Park the consolation of a losing bonus point.
“What a game,” was the summing up of skipper Craig Byrnes. “The result keeps us at third in the league with just one game left against league leaders Birkenhead Park.”