Match Reports - 2nd & 3rd September 2017
1st Team v Bradford Dudley Hill
It was hard to bare as St Jude’s open age threw away a 16 -8 lead on 51 mins to a large fired up Bradford team who used their size well especially near Jude’s line as they ran out 24-16 winners. From the onset St Jude’s drive to win the match was there for all to see, Olumide Oladele, Tom Owen, Paul Pendlebury, Nathan Bevan, David Fagan and Luke Barrett so often carried the ball with intent punching holes in the Bradford defence time and time again. Jude’s first try was on 6 mins when after great work from Ben Jones on the left and quick hands found Rob Fenney who put Paul Pendlebury in to score on the right. Bradford hit back with what seamed a very easy score. This was quickly followed by a penalty by Jude’s and Bradford big pack did the rest, 8-4 to the hosts. Dean Hunt was at the heart of the next Jude’s try providing a superb offload to his right were Luke Barrett was positioned to do the rest and score by the posts,Baz Rothwell slotted over the two and Jude’s went into the break with a slender 10-8 lead. On 50 mins Jude’s went further ahead with great work from Ben Jones and David Fagan to set field position near the Bradford line were Michael Gibson blasted his way through the Bradford on line defence to score a blinder of a try , Rothwell goaled and Jude’s had a 16-8 lead . Facing defeat the Yorkshire men rallied and with 20 mins left there was plenty of time for a dramatic comeback and Bradford began to dictate the pace of the game. Cruel injuries forced Jude’s to make changes as the big Bradford pack got stronger and in a 15 min spell they racked up 16 unanswered points to snatch the win and put a small dent in the Jude’s promotion bid.
Man of the Match.. once again outstanding was Nathan Jones who time and time again was to hard to hold.
Halton Hornets 24-16 St Judes
St Jude's travelled to Halton Hornets for their penultimate NWC Premier division league match, and were unfortunate 24-16 losers, in a very hard fought game.
Returning to rugby action after a long layoff, and in almost wintery conditions, St Jude's began the game a little rusty and allowed the home side to take a 12-0 lead with little over 10 minutes on the clock.
St Jude's however were soon back in the game, and tries from Connor Ramsdale, and Jack Mills, saw the game in the balance at 12-10 just before the half time break.
St Jude's never really got going in the second half and two further tries from Halton saw them take a firm grip on the game with scoreline at 24-12.
A late try from man of the match Lewis Belshaw saw St Jude's gave St Jude's a glimpse of hope, but ultimately it was too little too late as the referee sounded the final whistle and saw the Halton side victorious with a 24-16 final score.
Best for St Jude's were Lewis Belshaw, Harry Leigh, & Owen Gibson.
Under 8’s - Golds
Burtonwood bulldogs 20-28 Wigan st Judes golds
U8s golds travelled over to burtonwood to kick start the remainder of the season with what was to be a tough match against a well drilled burtonwood team, captain for the day was birthday boy Mason Chisnall who lead from the front and was 1st over the whitewash for Judes. With some brilliant defence work Judes kept burtonwood out in the whole of the 1st quarter! Jack Myers also went over for a try so with burtonwood 2-0 down we knew the 2nd quarter would be tough with them wanting a comeback and it was.. the boys all worked hard but the opposition was just too strong and the 2nd quarter finished with a level score. The 3rd saw both teams go head to head in what looked like it was going to be a try for try round until burtonwood where met with a strong determined Judes line with some exceptional tackles coming from Jack Myers and Harrison Oakes. The 4th burtonwood came back with an instant try but it was too late by this time Judes had it in the bag and a determined Deacon Charnock went over with the final try of the game! Well done today boys you did us all proud!!
Mason Chisnall -3
Jack Myers - 2
Jack Hill -1
Deacon Charnock -1
Parents award - Jack Myers
Opposition mom- Jack Hill
Most improved- Aston Bailey
Coaches mom - Mason Chisnall