12 Nov 2017 in News
LANCASHIRE 44 CUMBRIA 16
By Dave Parkinson
Lancashire Under 19s blew the Barla Tri Series wide open again with a comprehensive 44-16 over an outgunned but enthusiastic Cumbria at Thatto Heath.
After losing 25-18 to Yorkshire last week with tries from Leigh Miners Rangers pair Joe Digby (2) and Will Ashworth, Wigan St Patricks Josh Yates, and a goal from Cole Connolly (Rochdale Mayfield); the red rose knew that only a resounding win would take the championship to an exciting conclusion.
A rapid start gave Lancashire early confidence as Dante Morley Samuels (Wigan St Judes), soon to join League One Coventry Bears was involved in the best of the action. He opened the scoring after six minutes and turned try provider a couple of minutes later as Callum Wood (Orrell St James) stretched away to score. Tom Goulding (Blackbrook) goaled both but fell short with a third effort afer Sam Lewis scored in the 16th minute.
Cumbria hit back with a sparkling try at the corner - fullback Jake Stockdale (Barrow Island) sweeping over to make it 16-4, but Liam Kenyon (Thatto Heath Crusaders) went in from close range to stretch the home advantage but missed the goal.
Todd Fenlon (Leigh Miners Rangers) scored after 31 minutes with Goulding adding his third goal but Cumbria threatened a comeback on the stroke of half-time when Askam's Keir Shephard darted over from dummy half and Tyler Batty (Dalton) goaled.
Lancashire needed an early try to quell Cumbrian spirits and scored twice after 45 and 49 minutes to take the game away. The first was a sparkling long range effort by Will Ashworth, beating a host of defenders, while the second went the way of burly substitute Shaun Costello (Clock Face Miners) Cole Connolly goaled both and his own try after 61 minutes to make it 44-10.
Cumbria rallied and claimed their third try after a seventy metre dash. Batty was the scorer and Aiden Wright completed scoring with a goal.
There was still enough time for Wood to get himself sinbinned for Lancashire, but this had little impct on the game and the red rose completed a 44-16 win.