Thornhill Trojans A 28
Drighlington A 18
DRIGHLINGTON A took to the field with a very young side for this Pennine League Division Four clash and faced a much bigger and experienced Thornhill Trojans A.
Although they fought well, Drig fell away in the last quarter to lose a game which they could easily have won.
There was no lack of effort from Drighlington and in the opening exchanges they ran strongly and tackled well with Adam Mallinson and Callum Tolson excelling in defence.
However, a series of unforced handling errors handed possession to the home team and eventually they crossed for an unconverted try.
Drighlington responded with a spell of pressure and Callum Tolson created the breakthrough with a well placed kick which winger Grant Smith followed up and gathered the difficult bouncing ball to crash over for a fine try. Tom Vertigans added the excellent conversion from wide out against a tricky cross wind.
The score galvanised Drighlington and their tacklers tore in to put pressure on the Trojans.
Drighlington extended their lead when speedy winger Simione Tavaga-Bale received a quick ball and rounded his opposite number and the full-back to touch down. Vertigans again added the extras.
Drighlington continued to be on the front foot and just before half time, Callum Tolson was obstructed as he followed up his own kick. Vertigans landed the penalty and Drig led 14-4 at the break.
Thornhill reduced the lead to four points with a converted try and the game then went through a scrappy period with both teams finding it difficult to retain possession.
Drig failed to deal with a high kick and conceded a soft try between posts and Thornhill then scored two more tries, all of them converted, as the visitors conceded 18 points in eight minutes.
Drighlington showed their spirit to score the best try of the game as Jimmy Tate, Tom Vertigans and Callum Tolson combined to release Scott Gobin, who took two defenders over the line for the final score.
Jason Lambton’s aggressive running made good yards every time he had the ball and hooker Ryan Wilks never took a back ward step.