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1st Team match report
New Brighton 24 - 79 Aspull

Aspull’s maintained their 100% record and went one step closer to promotion with and emphatic win away against New Brighton. Once again Aspull’s squad strength was tested and found to be more than up to the job, with several players unavailable they had to switch back Row Jake Greenhalgh to the wing, they brought in scrum half Oliver Jump and 2nd row Ethan Yates who was making his debut for the 1st team. Both Jump and Yates had excellent games.
Aspull started the game quickly and the Home side soon realised that the large pitch would suit the visitors more than themselves, Liam Reeve ran the show from stand off and with the pace and ability of Sam kindred, Kieran Ford and Rhodri Carlton-Jones in the back line, Aspull scored some long range tries with excellent handling and always seemed to have someone in support when the break was made. Reeve opened the scoring after just mins when man of the match number 8 Liam West made a 60m break up the middle found Reeve in support who finished off the try which he also converted ,0-7. Aspull’s next try was a forwards effort with 2nd row Jon Wilson, one of Aspull’s unsung heroes, scoring a well deserved try from a driving maul 10m out, 0-12.
Aspull were in determined mood and the home side were struggling to contain the constant attacks, from a scrum just inside the New Brighton 22 West broke quickly and fed scrum half Oliver Jump who found winger Liam McDonald in space and an excellent pass saw McDonald stroll over wide out, 0-17 and Aspull were up over a point a minute. The home team could not match Aspull’s pace and guile in the backs and when centre Kieran Ford broke from inside his own half he found fullback Rhodri Carlton -Jones once again in support to finish off the 1st of his hat trick of tries, Reeve converted 0-24. The home team began to gather some momentum and were rewarded with a converted try 7-24, but Aspull replied almost immediately when another break by Ford found winger McDonald who was tackled just short of the line, the ball was recycled quickly and Reeve saw the gap to score his 2nd, he also converted 7-31. Aspull used the large playing surface to great effect constantly creating gaps in the home defence and when Liam West broke from his own half, Carlton - Jones was backing up to outpace the defence, Reeve converted 7-38. The home crowd were very appreciative of the rugby being played by Aspull despite the score line, they were applauding Aspull’s adventurous style and wishing the groundsman had narrowed the pitch.
From the kick off once again taken by back row Nathan Bennett, Aspull found themselves deep in New Brighton territory and when the ball went to ground Ford picked it up saw the gap and raced over to score, almost a carbon copy kick off saw Aspull break into the home half when prop Mark Murray broke the defence his pass inside to West seemed to have gone to ground but west kicked it up into the air caught the ball and raced 60m to the line rounding the fullback, 7-48. Any thoughts Aspull would settle for the score before half time were quickly quashed as capt Sam kindred who was a constant threat in attack broke through and fed Carlton-Jones who finished off in style to give Aspull a 7-53 HT lead.
Aspull introduced young Ethan Yates for his 1st team debut and he had an excellent game with several good runs and making yards every time he had the ball. the 2nd half began much the same as the first with aspull completely dominating and from a scrum just outside the home 22, once again West went blind, fed Carlton-Jones whose pass found Macdonald to go over, Ford converted and Aspull had the score board ticking over again, 7-58. The next score came from debutant Ethan Yates who scored after a break by Carlton-Jones had found prop Murray in support, he was tackled short of the line but again quick ball found Yates who charged over much to the delight of his team mates, converted by Ford, 7-67. New Brighton to their credit had not given up and were rewarded with 2 quick tries as Aspull had a lapse in concentration but normality was quickly restored when Kieran Ford scored after an excellent diagonal cross field kick by Reeve, Ford converted 19-74 , Aspull’s defence was again tested from the kick off but they kept out the home team. Then, as has happened all season, struck from deep in their one half, a break by Sam Kindred, his pass found Carlton -Jones who drew the full back and fed hooker Michael Webb who raced in to score, 19-79. New Brighton were not finished and scored a late try to give them some consolation of a try bonus point, the 1st time Aspull have conceded 4 tries in a game all season. Despite this it was another excellent performance by Aspull led by Sam Kindred and Liam West, with Liam Reeve controlling the game Aspull are a formidable team and on their day play some expansive rugby. Aspull have the best points positive points difference in the North of England and on this form look odds on to finish the season with promotion and the possibility of a final at Twickenham.
Man of the match Liam West but it could have gone to several other Aspull players.

Steve Bailey