On a very brisk and windy morning our gallant 15 made their way to Shotton. The walk from the club house to the pitch was that long, we had to use Google maps. However, with a train station waiting room navigated and field full of strange people dressed as vikings, we all ended up at what resembled a rugby pitch.
The lads started well - really well, following some slick early passing across the back-line, the ball ended up on the wing and in the hands of the pacey Ben G. A quick cut inside to dodge a tackle and Ben was free to run in the first try and Sam added the extra two.
When I said we started really well, I wasn't exaggerating. Straight from the kick off JP finished off one of his now customary 70 yarders to give us a dream start. 0-12. Not to be out done, straight from the kick off again, Reagan picked up the bobbling kick and deftly thread his way through the Shotton defence to score another - told you we started well! 0-17
After the initial onslaught, the game settled down for 10 minutes. However, following some aggressive tackling from Ben W to thwart a Shotton attack, Aaron broke free and deftly fed the on-rushing Sam, who rode a tackle or two to score and then stepped up to slot the conversion; a great all-round team try. 0-24.
Shotton began to apply some pressure once again but the Northwich defence held firm. The pressure was short lived, as when Sam broke through their back line and fed the ball to Aaron on the inside he found himself in acres of space. A nice pass in to the hands of the supporting Dan, helped release JP once again. One missed tackle later and he was under the posts to score his second of the morning. Aaron did the honours and Northwich were looking good at 0-31. Liam quickly added another following some strong team play and the boys were looking home and dry by 16 minutes. 0-36.
A few minutes later, some strong play from Lloyd, Josh, Callum, Charlie and Connor who were working really well as a unit, enabled Conner to feed Sam on the inside, who piled over the line to score another. Ben G did the honours and the lead was 43 points. Just before the half, the Shotton number 8 broke a few tackles to get his team on the score sheet. 7-43 at half time.
The second half began very evenly, with the home side competing much more following their half time team talk. However, the marauding pair of Liam and Regan extinguished any thoughts of a comeback when Regan rode a number of tackles to release Liam who powered through to score. Sam slotted the conversion and Northwich had reached the big 5.0. Welsh rules state that when a team reaches an unassailable 50 points then the game should be stopped in good spirit. The referee duly blew his whistle and Northwich were victorious 7 points to 50.
Testament to the team spirit, the lads stayed on for decent training session with the Shotton team, helping their coaches work on a few things. Northwich were clearly the superior outfit throughout the game and with their blend of strength, determination and pace, will be difficult to beat throughout the rest of the season