Back to school
By nick price
A big thanks goes out to St Thomas More school for making their pitch available to us.
Due to our home pitch at the club being unavailable and most other options out due to posts being taken down for the summer; we managed to arrange the game at St Tomas More school and our thanks go out to them for this very kind gesture.
it was always going to be a tough ask playing a quality team like Chester but the task was made doubly difficult with late withdrawals, unavailability and injuries leaving us with only 14 players and several having to play out of position. Non the less the lads that did play put up a great performance and showed some resilience in the face of a Chester onslaught!
It was the home side that grabbed the initiative in the early exchanges but once the ball went loose Chester broke free and scored at the other end. This proved to be the story of the day with the visitors having no more share of possession than Crewe but able to use it more effectively and their interlinking between the forwards and backs always created space for them to work in. it was only heroic tacking that stopped the score being embarrassing and I think the Chester players were given a tough enough game, despite the score.
Chester gave Crewe a player to make the numbers even but they lost Greg soon after to a shoulder injury so played the first half with 14 men all the same. Two more quick scores and the game was looking beyond Crewe already, however, Sam O managed to work his way around the defence to score and minutes later Dan Miller crashed over from a quick penalty which Rhys converted.
The visitors scored again before half time to restore the gap.
The second half was pretty much the same as the first although Crewe were now back to 15 players as Chester lent us another. Chester scored first but a neat little chip through by Matt saw Sam O win the race to the touch down. Rhys converted. Almost from the kick off a similar move saw Sam score again with Rhys hitting the extras. Crewe thought they were right back in the game when Sam scored his 4th of the day with an individual effort which Rhys converted but that was the final act from the home side who conceded 3 more late tries.