Wirral comeback to beat strong Trentham Outfit
A late Wirral comeback in their first League game see's them take the spoils in a closely contested matchup.
Wirral started their Junior Colts B League campaign against Trentham in the first meeting between the two sides. With Wirral missing a couple of key players through unavailability, Dan Taylor started in a unfamiliar role of Fly Half and Cam Mercer dropping into the backs at Inside Centre.
Wirral started the game strong, with the forwards running through their structures to give quick ball for the backs to play with; however a strong defence from Trentham and ill-discipline began to cost Wirral who could not turn pressure into points. Mid way into the second half, a break in the midfield from Cam Mercer saw him run away to score close to the sticks to give Wirral the lead, the try was duly converted by Tom Akehurst. 7-0
Trentham, hit back straight away when failure by Wirral to clear there lines from the kick off, gave Trentham good territory to use there strong pack to score a try out wide, to make the scores 7-5. Wirral managed to increase the lead to 10-7 through a Will Morris penalty kick some 30 metres out, however Trentham again hit back with another converted try to take the lead going into the break, 12-10.
The second half again was another closely contested affair with Trentham extending their lead, after a neat cross field kick from the number 9 saw them score in the corner. The try was then excellently converted to make the score 19-10 to Trentham.
As the game appeared to be slipping away from Wirral, excellent kicking from the Wirral backline gave them good territory and this eventually paid off with three late tries from Che Hannigan, Matty Bracken, and Will Morris in the last 15 minutes to give Wirral a 27-19 lead. Trentham kept applying pressure right until the final whistle but strong defence saw Wirral hold out for an impressive win.
Credit to the Trentham lads who played some very good Rugby throughout the match and deserved to take at least a losing bonus point from the game. A lot of positives from Wirral with every man in the 22 man squad playing their part, but both the lads and coaches know there is stuff to be worked on before next weeks trip to Widnes RUFC.