Tyldesley 18 Liverpool Colliegate 24
Tyldesley hosted leaders Liverpool Collegiate whose hopes of closing the six point gap on them where dashed, as they suffered their second home defeat of the season, bringing an end to an excellent thirteen game unbeaten run.
As early as the second minute, Tyldesley cut through the Collegiate defence, but the pass from Mark Dickinson to Paul Martin failed to stick, which would have resulted in a try. Liverpool hit straight back and opened the day’s scoring with a pushover try that was converted two minutes later.
From then on it was the hosts who had the lion’s share of territory, putting pressure on their visitors’ line for long spells. Another Dickinson break was destined to bear fruit, but Tyldesley’s luck just wasn’t in, as yet another pass failed to stick.
A mixture of good opposition defence and Tyldesley’s refusal to open up meant their only first half points came from two Martin Wallbank penalties, half time 6-7.
The second period didn’t start well for Tyldesley.
Mark Dickinson and Adam Fetherston received harsh yellows in quick succession in the early stages of the half.
Liverpool capitalised on the numerical advantage and recorded another push over try, 6-12
Tyldesley still battled on, but failed to close the gap in the 55th minute as Martin Wallbank narrowly missed a penalty attempt.
Liverpool extended their lead on the hour with their third try, who then hit Tyldesley with a sucker punch from the restart and record a fourth, one converted 6-24.
Tyldesley seemed destined to come away from this game with nothing but a determined last 15 minutes had them finish the game on top, and earn a losing bonus point, despite suffering another yellow that incredibly turned into a red for Dean Brown, which surprised even the opposition players.
Tyldesley pressed hard with Zak Sargent intercepting and crossing the line, Martin Wallbank converted, in the 70th minute – 13-24.
With just four minutes remaining Tyldesley struck again.
Excellent handling from a scrum 20 metres out saw Martin Wallbank come into the line and outpace the defence for a great try, who once again missed the sticks by the narrowest of margins.
Bongs still believed they could take the game and continued to press, remaining in the opposition half, but time finally ran out and their remarkable winning run was over.
MOM Damien Twizell