Lancashire Cup, 1st Round - to see photos & video of the match please go to AKS TV
U15A 22 Hutton GS 10
It could not have been much harder for our U15A as they locked horns with the always strong, organised and competitive, Hutton GS, in the first round of the Lancashire Cup, but they produced a near flawless first half display which set the platform for a fine victory.
The AKS forwards had worked hard on their rucking during the week and this training told in the first 15 minutes as they enjoyed the better of the possession which allowed Tom Riley to release his backline at will. Callum Hendry had an exceptional match at 13 and he combined well with Shea O'Hanlon and Charlie Kenyon to send Oliver Webb on a 40 metre run down the right wing. Oliver showed blistering speed to out sprint the left wing and full back to score the opening try. 5-0 to AKS after just four minutes.
This lead was doubled six minutes later as Jamie Broadbent picked aggressively from a five metre scrum to crash over untouched for the second try in the corner.
10-0 became 15-0 after twenty minutes as a mix up at the back for Hutton allowed Callum Hendry to intercept the ball and run in completely untouched from 50 metres for the AKS boys' third try. There were further good breaks made by the ever dangerous, Sam Royle, and George Rowley and Ben Pearson were having impressive games in the forwards. At half time it was 15-0 to AKS.
The second half started superbly and the lead was extended to 22-0 as a break out of defence from AKS led to a kick and chase and Sam Royle and Tom Riley won the race for the ball with Riley claiming the vital touchdown. Hendry added the extras.
Hutton, however, had not given up and their ever elusive and large fullback scored a well deserved try with fifteen minutes remaining and from then on Hutton enjoyed more of the possession and territory as AKS tired and six substitutions were made. Hutton scored another try with three minutes remaining but this was the last of the scoring as the AKS U15A side recorded their fourth win out of six after a busy six weeks of rugby.
Callum Hendry was by far the man of the match, as he played superbly at both 13 and 15 in attack and defence, and in the forwards it was Jamie Broadbent who led from the front, always breaking the gain line. Ka Po Tsang deserves a special mention for a quite thunderous front on tackle midway through the second half (look at the video on AKS TV!) and Charlie Kenyon, once again, made three fearless try saving tackles which changed the outcome of the match.