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1st XV - Match centre

Wirral
Wilmslow
D Harvey, R Higginson, M Dalton (2), C Crowley (2), J Reeve, M Loon
Tries
J Annetts (4), D Harvey (2)
Conversions
Sat 17 Nov 14:15 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

Wirral's Whirlwind Start Sees Off Wilmslow

Running rugby was much in evidence on a fine day where Wirral's first half performance sealed the win.

Following last week’s break for the England v All Blacks game, Wirral fielded a team with fewer changes than they have been having of late. DAN HARVEY took over from BEN CORNFORD (injured at Blaydon) at full back with Matt Loon returning to the wing in place of the unavailable BEN BROOKS. The centre pairing was Chris Speed and Sam Broadbent, MATT DALTON continued at blindside. The substitutes were Danny Light, James Adams and the”hybrid” Mike Warren. The Wilmslow coach was a Wirral Grammar School old boy, Richard Hughes who played for England under 15’s (some 27 years ago approx..) and went on to have a fine playing record.
Wirral played towards the main road and had the advantage of the breeze in the first half. The first 5 minutes saw both sides testing each other with Wilmslow having the territorial advantage until a penalty in Wirral’s favour. This was quickly taken by Chris Crowley who made the initial break before passing onto Rob Pearl who drew the full back to put in DAN HARVEY who ran in to score under the posts and converted by James Annetts. 7-0 (5 minutes). Wirral used the wind intelligently with long kicks downfield from but didn’t capitalise on the field position. Mark Williams made a 40m run downfield and passed onto MATT DALTON although tackled got the ball away to Mark who put in Ryan Higginson who crashed over in the corner, the conversion just failed, 12-0 (11 mins). In the next 10 minutes it was all Wirral who had three further chances to score but were perhaps too eager and in one case had a clear 2 on 1 situation but the pass was not made.
It was not until the 25th minute that the third try came when the ball was passed out wide on the right and MATT DALTON was on hand to score wide out and James Annetts made the conversion from the touchline. 19-0. Three minutes later came the try bonus point when a long kick downfield was fielded by Wilmslow who looked to counter attack and put in a kick over the advancing Wirral line, this was collected by Chris Crowley who broke the tackle of the kicker and sped through from 20m to score and again converted by JAMES. 26-0. Wilmslow were seeing very little of the ball as Wirral used the wind to make ground and then contain the away side in their half. Good interplay by Wirral took play down to the Wilmslow line and after several thrusts at the whitewash, MATT DALTON crossed for his second try which was not converted, 31-0 (33 minutes).
A fine break from MATT DALTON was made and whilst looking for support did not notice the Wilmslow tackler and was unceremoniously dumped to the ground, from this position Wilmslow were awarded a penalty and Matt Loon was sin binned for not being 10m back, seemed to be harsh given the few penalties in the match. The final try of the first half came from a Wilmslow attack where the ball was turned over by Rob Pearl and spun out right where Chris Crowley showed a good turn of speed to go round the left winger and then outpace the covering Wilmslow defence to run some 65m to score and again converted by James Annetts to leave the score 38-0 at half time.
Wirral made 3 substitutions, Mike Warren for Paul Lewis, DAN LIGHT for Jack Yarker and James Adams for James Annetts with Mark Williams moving to full back and DAN HARVEY to fly half. Within 2 minutes of the start, Wirral scored again when JAMES REEVES scrambled over close to the posts and conversion was from DAN HARVEY, 45-0. Wilmslow with the wind advantage now had a period of territorial and possession advantage and for a time they were pressing the Wirral line, this eventually paid off when the sub Sam Graham crossed over the whitewash from short range but the try was not converted. 45-5 (63 minutes). At this stage further changes were made when Paul Lewis and Jack Yarker came on for Ryan Stead and James Reeve.
A further try was denied to Wirral when the referee gave a forward pass but after further pressure in the Wilmslow half the ball was spun wide and Rob Pearl put in Matt Loon for a walk in and he ran round close to the posts and the conversion came from DAN HARVEY, 52-5 (72 minutes). The match was played out with Wirral on the attack and looking for further points but it was not to be.
Wirral coach, Dan was pleased with the team’s performance as they met all the objectives he had set the team before the match and with a more settled side looks forward to the rest of the matches in 2018. Wirral have moved up to 9th and had been expecting 8th but for Alnwick’s surprise win at Harrogate. Next week the first team are away at Kendal and there will be spaces available on the coach for anyone wishing to travel to the game.
Richard McNeil

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: Rugby Netball

Key moments

5:00
Try Danny Harvey scores for Wirral
5:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
11:00
Try Ryan Higginson scores for Wirral
25:00
Try Matty Dalton scores for Wirral
25:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
27:00
Try Chris Crowley scores for Wirral
27:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
33:00
Try Matty Dalton scores for Wirral
36:00
Try Chris Crowley scores for Wirral
36:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
42:00
Try James Reeve scores for Wirral
42:00
Conversion Danny Harvey kicks a conversion for Wirral
72:00
Try Matt Loon scores for Wirral
72:00
Conversion Danny Harvey kicks a conversion for Wirral

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17/11/2018 Wirral v Wilmslow
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Highlights

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72:00 Try 50 - 0
Matt Loon scores for Wirral
72:00 Try Assist
Rob Pearl makes an assist for Wirral
72:00 Conversion 52 - 0
Danny Harvey kicks a conversion for Wirral
65:00 Sub Off
Ryan Stead is substituted off for Wirral
65:00 Sub On
Paul Lewis is substituted on for Wirral
65:00 Sub Off
James Reeve is substituted off for Wirral
65:00 Sub On
Jack Yarker is substituted on for Wirral
42:00 Try 43 - 0
James Reeve scores for Wirral
42:00 Conversion 45 - 0
Danny Harvey kicks a conversion for Wirral
41:00 Sub Off
James Annetts is substituted off for Wirral
41:00 Sub On
James Adams is substituted on for Wirral
41:00 Sub Off
Paul Lewis is substituted off for Wirral
41:00 Sub Off
Jack Yarker is substituted off for Wirral
41:00 Sub On
Danny Light is substituted on for Wirral
41:00 Sub On
Mike Warren is substituted on for Wirral
End of period 1
36:00 Try Assist
Rob Pearl makes an assist for Wirral
36:00 Conversion 33 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
36:00 Try 38 - 0
Chris Crowley scores for Wirral
35:00 Yellow Card
Matt Loon is yellow carded for Wirral
33:00 Missed Conversion
James Annetts misses a conversion for Wirral
33:00 Try 31 - 0
Matty Dalton scores for Wirral
27:00 Try 24 - 0
Chris Crowley scores for Wirral
27:00 Conversion 26 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
25:00 Conversion 19 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
25:00 Try 17 - 0
Matty Dalton scores for Wirral
11:00 Try Assist
Mark Williams makes an assist for Wirral
11:00 Missed Conversion
James Annetts misses a conversion for Wirral
11:00 Try 12 - 0
Ryan Higginson scores for Wirral
5:00 Conversion 7 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
5:00 Try Assist
Chris Crowley makes an assist for Wirral
5:00 Try Assist
Rob Pearl makes an assist for Wirral
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Danny Harvey scores for Wirral
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As it happened

  • Wirral
  • Wilmslow
  • 0
  • Danny Harvey Try 5:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 5:00'
  • Rob Pearl Try Assist 5:00'
  • Chris Crowley Try Assist 5:00'
  • Ryan Higginson Try 11:00'
  • Mark Williams Try Assist 11:00'
  • Matty Dalton Try 25:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 25:00'
  • Chris Crowley Try 27:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 27:00'
  • Matty Dalton Try 33:00'
  • Matt Loon Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Chris Crowley Try 36:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 36:00'
  • Rob Pearl Try Assist 36:00'
  • Paul Lewis Sub Off 41:00'
  • Mike Warren Sub On 41:00'
  • Danny Light Sub On 41:00'
  • Jack Yarker Sub Off 41:00'
  • James Annetts Sub Off 41:00'
  • James Adams Sub On 41:00'
  • James Reeve Try 42:00'
  • Danny Harvey Conversion 42:00'
  • Ryan Stead Sub Off 65:00'
  • Paul Lewis Sub On 65:00'
  • James Reeve Sub Off 65:00'
  • Jack Yarker Sub On 65:00'
  • Matt Loon Try 72:00'
  • Rob Pearl Try Assist 72:00'
  • Danny Harvey Conversion 72:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
7. Alnwick 10 28
8. Kirkby Lonsdale 10 28
9. Wirral 10 26
10. Ilkley 10 22
11. Lymm 10 18
12. Kendal 10 9
13. Wilmslow 10 8

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