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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Nelson stars for Benedict’s

ST Benedict’s beat Blackburn 15-5 on Saturday but, for the fourth time in five home games, they had to switch the game to Lowca’s rugby league pitch.

They were hit in the first minute of the game when a mistake by Benny’s brought a scrum and from the possession that followed the visitors scored in the corner.

The West Cumbrians responded well, however, and for the next half an hour were virtually camped in the Blackburn 22.

Jamie Jardine was just short and Kristian Wood was held up over the line before they levelled. Centre Ryan Fisher got over in the corner after taking a ball from Kyle Hiddleston.

Immediately Benny’s broke through to score a second. Gavin Maudling made the surge from his half, brother Gordon Maudling continued the move and finally Liam Cordin put Ross Anderson in at the corner.

It stayed 10-5 until the last play of the game when Hiddleston created an opening for Daniel Appleton to finish-off.

Stephen Nelson, who had been prominent in defence for Benny’s when Blackburn had their best spell in the second-half, picked-up the man of the match award from fellow back-rower Gavin Maudling.

Whitehaven were disappointed to miss out on a bonus point when they went down 17-7 at home to Aldwinians.

The visitors, second in the table, were strong up-front at scrums and line-outs and for long periods Whitehaven saw little of the ball.

It was a dogged rearguard battle until just before half-time when Aldwinians eventually got over from a five-metre scrum and the conversion sent them in at the break leading 7-0.

In the second half, Whitehaven were under more pressure at the scrums but were unlucky when, without warning, the referee awarded the visitors a penalty try. The conversion doubled their lead.

But Whitehaven came back well and scored an excellent try. Craig Hodgson broke from his own half and after linking with Callum Rowlandson it was Steve McCourt who sent winger Jordan Thompson racing 30 yards to hand-off the last tackler and score a try which Stephen McConnell converted.

Within sight of a bonus point Whitehaven were unlucky when the referee awarded Aldwinians a penalty for what he judged to have been a late challenge. It was kicked and the West Cumbrians had missed their bonus point.

Egremont moved off the bottom after only their second win of the season, beating Heaton Moor 17-5.

They had started best but conditions were tricky underfoot because of the greasy surface.

It took Egremont 30 minutes to get on the score-sheet. A good ball to Jack Kelly in the centre saw him link with Peter Bewsher. He, in turn, found Andrew Branthwaite whose kick ahead was followed by Graham Temple who won the race to the touchdown. Kelly converted.

On a rare visit to the home 22, Heaton Moor forced mistakes from Egremont and after three quick tap penalties they got over for an unconverted try.

Early in the second-half Egremont had a try disallowed for offside but they scored a second try on the hour.

From a five-metre scrum, Branthwaite picked-up and linked with Martin Grealish to put the number eight over for an unconverted try. A catch and drive from 10 metres produced the third try for Scott Sanders.

On Saturday, Eccles host Whitehaven, Heaton Moor host St Benedict’s and Upper Eden host Egremont.

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