Cleckheaton RUFC

Lambs on wrong end of eight try romp

by Patrick Neal

The Lambs crashed to a heavy defeat when they entertained a very good Stockport side on Sunday.

Stockport had finished second in the Cheshire/Lancs Division One (three places above Wilmslow) so it was always going to be a hard ask.

Stockport’s back division from the start showed good speed and fast hands and this was to be their main source of attack. After ten minutes they out flanked the defence to score the first of Stockport’s eight tries.

The Lambs replied when a clearance kick by Stockport from just inside their 22 went over the dead ball line. From the resulting scrum back in the Stockport 22 Josh White went blind fed Lewis Beasty who put in Harry Bairstow in the corner.

Stockport dominated the line out area and scored from a catch and drive near to the Lambs line. Two more Stockport tries before half time took the score to 5-24.

The Lambs had nudged the scrummage but with Stockport loosing a prop to injury the whole of the second half had un-contested scrums.

The Lambs were first to score after the restart when Jimmy Sheridan dropped on a loose ball after a good drive from Ryan Mortimer. Kieron Downs converted from out wide.

Stockport continued to dominate and the speed of their backs was too much for the Lambs defence as they added four more tries.

In the dying minutes the Lambs seemed to rally and a chip through by Downs led to Connor Wright touching down as Stockport failed to cover. Downs again converted.

So a real wake up call for the Lambs – yes we won the League undefeated but if we want to compete with higher classed teams we need to start playing as a team and training as a team. Yesterday, there were too many players out there having a jolly – the tackling was the worst seen all season. Players should be coming off the pitch exhausted not joking – how can anyone joke when you’ve just been hammered?

Let’s bounce back next week at Rochdale with a performance that would make Barry Greendale proud.

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