LATE cry offs saw the Knights give debuts to two more of this season’s very successful Colts team and both Danny Mennell and Tom Lloyd, who also recorded his first senior try, performed excellently at what is traditionally one of the league’s most intimidating arenas.
The opening try came when veteran scrum half Eddie Wallbank gathered a loose kick and, spotting space out wide, linked nicely with Lloyd. The full back took the ball at pace and beat three defenders on his way to a classy touchdown. Tyldesley, despite keeping up the pressure, were unable to increase their points tally before the break and, after another determined attacking spell of their own late in the half it was De La who scored next. HT 5-5 Tyldesley started well again and, after ‘side stepping’ prop Steve Jones had caused panic in the home defence, Tyldesley were awarded a penalty. Darren Newton coolly slotted over from 40 metres. This really rattled the bigger more experienced hosts, who threw everything they had at the Knights. For once Tyldesley’s defence was found wanting and they quickly found themselves trailing once more after conceding a second try. Another followed shortly afterwards and, with 20 minutes left, the tables had been turned completely with Tyldesley now trailing 8-26 and seemingly out of it.
The Knights are made of pretty stern stuff however and back they came once more. Some neat footwork out of defence from Lloyd and Newton and rampaging runs from Mennell and Simpson helped set up a great position deep in the De La defence where, from a five metre scrum, Wallbank was able to scamper over in the corner for a good but unconverted try. Unfortunately there was still plenty action remaining as Tyldesley first conceded a really soft seven pointer and then, straight from the kick off, a controversial try was given with the touchline conversion rubbing further salt into the Knights wounds. The curtain comes down on the Knights season next Saturday when they travel to Vale of Lune hoping for a repeat of their opening day victory in the reverse fixture at St.George’s Park.
Tries: Tom Lloyd. Eddie Wallbank
Penalties: Darren Newton 1
Leigh RU 3rds won the league with a game in hand and their last game is on Saturday (April 27) while the 4ths have also won their league and got to the cup final which takes place on May 4.