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Youngsters Win Battle At Waterloo
Thursday 14th January 2016 @ 16:22 by Mark Phillip
Ashton Sports

Waterloo 15-38 Ashton

Report by Iain Griffiths

Ashton junior rugby travelled to Liverpool on Sunday to face a Waterloo development side.

Apart from a strong cross wind, conditions were perfect, and a keen match was anticipated.

Waterloo came out of the blocks at a rate of knots, and Ashton never touched the ball for two minutes.

This was until they set the ball for a kick-off after Waterloo scored a great try in the left corner.

Ashton hit back with five minutes of inspiration. Straight from the kick-off, Ashton pressured the defenders, and a fumble over the line led to a try for Callum Taylor.

Two pieces of good quick ball gave space to the Ashton backs and led to a try for Fraser Green. Both were converted by Tom Broodbank, and Ashton looked in full control at 14-5.

Waterloo came right back and another excellent passage of retention led to sustained pressure on the Ashton line, and another try followed for 14-10.

Ashton, led well by Lewis Cooling and Louis Worthington, set about dominating the breakdown. This led to a further try for Fraser as he brushed aside tacklers to sneak in at the corner. The score was 19-10 at half-time.

The second period saw Ashton continue to set the pace and as the whole squad rotated onto the pitch, key squad members stood up to the challenge.

Callum scored a wonderful individual try, which was full of speed and guile.

Waterloo then scored again, but Ashton came back with vigour.

Full back Jake Callaghan led the line impressively, entering the line to straighten the attack.

He was held just short on one occasion, but two minutes later he came into the line again, stepping and jinking through the defence to score under the posts.

Waterloo pressed again, but a resolute defence stopped them at every turn.

In the last five minutes, Aran Lancaster intercepted a pass and ran in from the halfway line.

Tom converted again, making the final score 38-15 to Ashton.