Weekend Review Ashton Rugby Club
Tuesday 12th February 2019 @ 09:50 by Mark Phillip

Rossendale Colts 5-46  Ashton Colts

An icy wind blew across Rossendale’s first team pitch, but the Colts soon warmed up proceedings with a penalty try being awarded as the visitors were illegally stopped from touching down. Jake Callaghan added a penalty soon after for a 0-10 lead. 

Ashton revelled in playing on a wide pitch, Krystian Wieteska using his pace to  score two tries out wide in short succession and was then given a yellow card for a dangerous tackle . Ashton regrouped and carried on just as well with 14 men and Ethan Green used the extra space well touching down, Jake Callaghan had a tricky kick  but it was converted well with the aid of a kind bounce off the crossbar.

Charlie McCallum at centre this week  was pulled back illegally chasing a kick and the visitors had their second penalty try of the day and a 0-34 lead. Ashton ran the ball whenever possible and also put in some clever kicks .

Aron Lancaster spotted a loose pass and intercepted well sprinting 70m to score out wide, but the conversion was just missed by Callaghan. Ashton began to give away some penalties and the home team took advantage of a relaxed defence to score.

The sun was now shining and second half wing  replacement George Chappell got on the end of a backs move. He displayed great speed to race over for the try of the day and smiles all round. Man of the Match Jake Callaghan kicked the conversion as the final whistle blew for 5-46.

Ashton remain top of League D by two points, thanks to Bolton beating Kendal, but Ashton’s penultimate game is at home to second placed Tarleton at Gambrel Bank on Sunday, February 16, with a 12.30 pm start. Admission is free.

Ashton U15s gained a walk over win v Widnes in the Lancs Cup.

Huddersfield U12s 12-4 Ashton U12s

Littleborough U10s 0-30 Ashton U10s

Try scorers Kendal Grayson (3), Kayden Murray (3), Oliver Rigby (2), Liam Quinlan (2), Josh Williams and Harry Fox.

Heaton Moor 2s 86-7 Ashton 2S
George Guerin scored a great try converted by Ryan Riedsma, Man of the Match was awarded to Jack Pietsch on his debut against league leaders Moor. He was full of running and tackling and was unlucky not to score after he sidestepped the defence and made 50m only to be hauled down just short of the line.

By Allen Bower

Picture: Ashton U10s