A game of two halves
By Anthony Seddon
Haydock 12 v Orrell St. James' 52
The old cliché "a game of two halves" was never better illustrated than by this game. Haydock opened the scoring from the kick-off as the visitors failed to collect the ball and Johnny Trevino crashed in at the corner. Adam Lavin replied within 5 mins. , swift passing putting him through, and Brad Roby converted from the touchline. Orrell scored again as superb inter-passing gave Jack Mc Hugh a chance. However, Haydock replied immediately, as quick hands put Kyle Laithwaite in the clear and regained the lead when Darryl Rotherham powered his way to the line to take the score to 12 - 10. Not to be outdone Sean Findlow put St James' back in front and an individual effort form Jake Davies brought an end to a close fought 1st half at 12 - 20.
Orrell increased the lead on resumption, a clever switch in play and fast hands putting Roby in. A break by Lavin found the close supporting Mc Hugh who put Kieran O'Mara in to establish a clear lead at 12 - 28. Haydock resorted to dubious tactics trying to slow the ptb down and fell foul of the referee, the resulting penalties giving the visitors plenty of chances, and tries followed in a steady stream. O Mara and Mc Hugh each score their second and Marcus Grimshaw and James Richies added to the score. Roby added 2 goals to administer the coup de grace at 12 - 52.
An excellent display by a very young team and, once again a superb defence in particular from Sam Lewis.