U13A 32 Audenshaw School 0 - Lancashire Cup
The AKS U13A team started their quest for cup glory with a comfortable win against Audenshaw HS, Manchester, who are traditionally strong but unpredictable opponents who in the past have provided Lancashire Cup winning sides.
Continuing their pattern of strong forward momentum laying a platform for the skilful backs, a good team effort led to good hands down to Charles Shaw who finished off neatly in the corner for an early lead 5-0. Further pressure from the forwards produced a kickable penalty, ably slotted by Ben Holmes, and a close range try from Rob Mill. Other chances did go begging including a final misplaced pass at the end of a driving backs-and-forwards combination set of controlled phases which made 70 metres.
Stout defence from Audenshaw meant the task was not always easy and indeed the AKS boys had to be alert and physical in defence on a number of occasions to prevent an Audenshaw try.
As the game went on, full use was made of the entire 22 man squad and the substitutes showed themselves capable of making their way into the starting line up if standards slip or injuries occur.
Three more tries by Charles Shaw, Charlie Cadley and Oscar O’Neill added to the score as the pattern of driving forward play, led by Josh Moreau and secured by the excellent Rob Mill and Sam Kyle-Clay, then short side attacks by Joe Duncan leading to good hands at pace in the backs paid handsome dividends. Oscar O’Neill converted his own outstanding try to make the final score 32-0 and a place in the next round.