ACCRINGTON PANTHERS U18S 24
WIDNES SWANS 0
THE Panthers completed a double over the Widnes Swans on Sunday.
Having won at Widnes, it was time for the home game but the non-availability of the Highams pitch due to the collapsing of the posts in the recent weather conditions resulted in a switch of venue to Accrington Amateurs football ground on Livingstone Road.
But it didn’t stop the home side who had Josh Platt making his debut at prop forward after playing most of his rugby out on the wing.
The Panthers started strongly and the combination of hooker Nathan Wood, scrum half Sam White and stand-off Leon Fifield led to loose foward Ashley O’Rourke crashing over the line with Fifield converting to give the home side an early lead 6-0.
Widnes Swans put pressure on second row forward Ryan Nevitt but Panthers bounced back with a penalty which captain Fifield converted to make it 8-0 at half-time.
The Panthers had to stay firm after the break but, with the Swans defence tiring, they again took hold with Ryan Pearson, making his debut, stepping round the fullback to score a try.
Fifield narrowly missed the conversion to leave the visitors with still a glimmer of hope.
However this was soon snuffed out when second row forward Jordon Howorth, who had been playing his best game of the season, powered over the line with four tacklers hanging off him for the decisive score.
The conversion by Fifield putting the home side 18-0 up.
And to put the icing on the cake Man of the Match O’Rourke made a great break through the middle of the park to score the final try and celebrate a 24-0 win.
Accrington Wildcats U12s 12
New Springs Lions 38
The Under 12s travelled to New Springs Lions on Sunday to play their last match before the Christmas break.
The game started badly with New Springs racing into a 12-0 and the Wildcats looked like being on the wrong side of a big score.
To their credit though the Accrington side battled hard and got on the scorecard with Sam Kenyon carrying four players from the opposition to score his first try of the season.
Two new Springs tries then followed before Josh Dunne sprinted 50 metres to score out wide. Newcomer Robyn Hope then scored after a great pass from Harry McNamara moments before the half-time break.
The second half was scoreless until the last few minutes when the greater skill levels of the opposition shone through in. Trophies winners on the day were Sam Kenyon, Robyn Hope and Callum Routh.
The Wildcats are also holding their club Christmas party (Friday) tonight at the Enfield Cricket Club.
Club training will resume on Thursday 14 January 2010 at Rhyddings Sports Hall. New members are welcome Turn up on the night for a taster session or visit www.accringtonwildcats.co.uk for further details.