MATCH REPORT Ashton Senior Colts 25-24 Sedgley Park
Thursday 10th November 2016 @ 11:22 by Mark Phillip
Ashton News Sports

By Alan Bower:

Ashton welcomed the second biggest club in Manchester ( after Sale Sharks) to Gambrel Bank on Sunday and staged a memorable comeback from 11 points down with 15 minutes left to win by a point, in a game where the lead changed hands six times.

Ashtons’ 16 players showed their amazing spirit again this season against a full squad of 21 from Sedgley.

Jae Manwaring slotted a penalty after 10 minutes, the visitors came back with a converted try on the quarter-hour mark for a 7-3 lead. Lewis Walker Ward was making inroads into the defence from No 8 and powered over for a try to regain the lead, Sedgley came straight back with a powerful run from their centre with a try for 8-12 lead.

Ashton continued to pressure and their scrum was looking solid giving acting scrum half Jae Manwaring the time to switch play blind and quick passing put Curtis Wilmot in for a try in the corner and a 13-12 half time lead.

Second half started late as Ashton were bizarrely locked in their own changing rooms, after Sedgley had requested to return to their changing rooms at half time to warm up.

It worked for Sedgley as they came out fired up scoring two tries in 10 minutes – one converted for a lead of 24-13.

Rugby League convert and captain Josh Fish switched to centre taking an inside ball at pace for 25m out and clever footwork beat the defence for a try converted by Manwaing and the game was back on at 20-24.

Another grandstand finish was set up as Joe Worthington put on the afterburners for a brilliant try to take a lead of 25-24.

Ashton managed to soak up a lot of Sedgley pressure despite being without Connor Barwin sin binned, Sedgley were unlucky not to score on 2 occasions when a clean break sent them over the line only the over elaborate touchdown attempt was dropped and a second break was held up over the line.

The new Conference League ‘D’ has Ashton placed top, which will hopefully be defended as they take on Bolton at home on Sunday 2pm k/o.Admission Free.

Elsewhere…

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