In a tight game, the Blues edged a tense contest by capitalising on Orrell’s mistakes, whilst taking their own chances to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Rob Davies and Adam Grindrod poached two tries, either side of half time, both pouncing on a loose ball in the Orrell in- goal area. Chris Taylor got the third try with a display of power, shrugging off three tacklers as he forced his way over the line for the score. Ollie Aston made sure the Blues kept their lead with two penalties and two conversions. Lock Callum Wright ruled the lineout, catching the coaches’ eye to be awarded the Man of the Match.
The Blues started well, surprising the opposition with sustained pressure and continuity through the forwards and backs. Tactical kicking by Ollie and Tom kept Orrell in their half, helped by a good chase by Callum in the wing. Charlie’s back row experience showed when he stole the ball off the tackled man on the Orrell twenty two. Ollie had the first chance to score with a penalty shot after Orrell had crept offside. The forwards had a five minute spell under the Orrell posts, driving over but being held up twice, Doug was unlucky not to have convinced the referee of the score. The try came towards the end of the first half after a lineout 10 metres from the Orrell line. Orrell were unable to control possession after flapping the ball down into their own in goal area, Rob was first to react, grounding the ball in the corner.
The second try was scored in a similar manner. Ollie’s penalty kick set up a lineout in the right hand corner. The throw -in went astray, but the pack drove back their opposition towards their line. The ball went loose in the in goal area as the Orrell pack tried to ruck the ball, Adam was quick to dive on it to claim the touch down. Ollie increased the Blues’ advantage slotting another penalty from outside the twenty two. Chris made amends for an earlier missed opportunity, when he broke off the back of a five yard scrum. The pack had won the strike against the head, putting Orrell on the back foot. Chris ran at the half backs and inside centre, taking them with him as he forced his way over the line to score. Orrell put the pressure on in the closing minutes, Liam kept them out holding up one promising move. The clock was against the opposition, despite scoring two late tries, time ran out as the Blues controlled the last few seconds of the game, hanging on to their slender lead.
Squad: (1) Adam Grindrod (2) Rob Davies (3) Lewis Jones (4) Callum Wright (5) Doug Swallow (6) Sam Black (7) Scott Greenway (8) Ben Hadfield (9) Harry Grant (10) Tom Leicester (11) Callum Davies (12) Charlie Davies (13) Mike Green (14) Ollie Aston (15) Aled Williams (16) Lewis Pierce (17) Matt Price (18) Joe Stubbs (19) Liam Cole (20) Chris Taylor (21) Alex Saltau (22) Elliot Jones
Penalty: Ollie Aston (14) – 15m, Try: Rob Davies (2) – 29m
Try: (14) – 11m
Try: Adam Grindrod (6) – 14m, Conversion: Ollie Aston (14), Penalty: Ollie Aston (14) – 16m, Try: Chris Taylor (20) – 28m, Conversion: Ollie Aston (14)
Try: (13) – 9m, Try: (11) – 34m, Try: (14) – 35m