29/09/18 Tigers 1st XV  25 - 24 Fylde

No match report.

Scorers: Tries: Packard (1)
Conversions: Ireland (1)
Penalties: Ireland (6)

Team: Bennett, Townsend (Coates), Gelsthorpe (Simmons), Symcox Al, Holland (Davidson), Bloor (Wallace), Rix (Taylor-Dawes), Wragg, Holmes, Ireland, Packard, Hart, Broadley,  Mellor, Swatkins

Replacements: Coates, Simmons, Wallace, Taylor-Dawes, Davidson

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22/09/18 Tigers 1st XV  18 - 24 Chester

On a surprisingly dry pitch, given the recent weather, Tigers took on a Chester side who were unbeaten and clearly want to be near the top at the end of the season. They came with a reputation of having a big pack which they utilise to the maximum.

The visitors kicked off and the ball was gathered by Peter Swatkins who tried to clear but found several opposition players in front of him and the kick was charged down. This set up a lineout and a chance for Chester to employ the all too familiar rolling maul, followed by another and another….. Eventually they forced their way over as the ball came out of the forwards to the right wing who crossed in the corner. The kick was missed but Tigers found themselves 0 – 5 down after just 2 minutes. Undaunted the home side attacked from the restart and showed that they had both the forwards and the backs to make this a real contest. The ball came out of a scrum and went through the hands of the backs to find Greg Mellor out on the wing and with a burst of speed he crossed in the corner by the new scoreboard. From the touchline captain for the day Mark Ireland put over a great kick and Tigers went ahead 7 – 5. Both teams were showing their defensive skills but Tigers speed and power was showing up some fragility in the Chester side. The visitor's forwards, however, were sticking to their tasks and were helped by a succession of penalties that were allowing them to get out of trouble by kicking down the pitch and in to the Tigers 22. After just 10 minutes Frank Wragg was yellow carded for collapsing a maul and Chester went for the corner. Tigers now had to defend for 10 minutes and did. They not only defended well – Tommy Hart, Will Bennett and Ireland putting in big tackles – but they managed to launch their own attacks with a couple of try scoring opportunities going awry through wrong decisions or penalties being conceded. Wragg was back and no points had been conceded. Tigers now attacked, and from a lineout the ball went to outside centre Jamie Broadley who was only stopped by a high tackle - not the last but at least it was one of the ones spotted by the officials. The Chester 9 was yellow carded and Ireland took the points as Tigers nudged further ahead 10 – 5. Chester continued to attack and Tigers continued to defend and counter effectively. Both sides squandered chances for points with the visitors turning down very kickable penalties in favour of lineouts and mauls. Tigers defended well and from another penalty offence Chester found themselves down to 13 men as the 7 was carded for foul play. Tigers moved up field from a penalty and the subsequent lineout resulted in a kickable penalty for Tigers. The referee, however, consulted with his linesman and having awarded the penalty to Tigers rotated through 180 degrees to reverse it and allow Chester to move up to halfway. With a few minutes to go to halftime Chester were back up to strength but it was Tigers who launched a couple of blistering attacks through Hart, Broadley and Mellor. They faltered in the final moves and the half ended at 10 - 5 to the home side and the spectators hoping that the missed chances would not come back to haunt them.
Tigers restarted and a great gather by Hart earned a penalty which allowed them to attack. The Chester defence was solid but a great break by Swatkins found him facing one man with Henri Packard outside him. The pass failed to materialise and the try went begging with many in the crowd wondering if that would prove a pivotal point in the game. The visitors now attacked and another penalty allowed Chester a free play and they utilised the advantage to score. The kick missed and the scores were tied at 10 - 10. Tigers showed their spirit and broke out from a scrum to set the backs running again. Swatkins came into the line and again had Packard for company. The move was completed as Packard went over for a try in the corner. The kick drifted wide but the home side were ahead again 15 – 10. The visitors were now up for the battle to get the points and both sides were having periods of defending and attacking. From another lineout and maul Wragg again found himself penalised and another yellow card, his second, resulted in a red and Tigers had to play the last 25 minutes a man down. Chester took advantage and from a 5m scrum set up a maul that saw the replacement hooker score. The conversion went over and Chester nudged ahead 15 – 17. Tigers now rang the changes with Kain Rix, Sam Ellis and Sam Johnson replacing Lee Orton, Alan Symcox and Tom Coates respectively. From the restart Tigers attacked and a penalty wide and outside the 22m gave them a chance for points to nudge them ahead. It just drifted wide but from the 22 drop out Liam Wallace and Hart launched another attack that resulted in a penalty on the 22m but again close to the touchline. This time Ireland made no mistake and Tigers nudged ahead 18 - 17. The game was now a battle with some heavy tackles going in and Chester attacking. Tigers were, they thought, being allowed to play advantage from a knock on and attacked from their own 22. The final pass was intercepted and Chester went in for a try. To the surprise of many the try was awarded and with the successful kick the visitors moved ahead 18 – 24. The final 10 minutes saw Tigers launching a number of attacks with Mellor taking some great high balls. Chester were determined to hold out and as the tackles went higher so did the penalty count. Chester lost two players to yellow cards but, despite great runs by Broadley and Rix they held out to take the win 18 - 24.
Tigers players were, as you would expect, disappointed at the final whistle but the failure to turn opportunities into points and giving away penalties that allow teams to move from defensive positions to attacking ones and scoring opportunities proved costly. Let’s hope it’s a lesson well learnt as the roadshow moves on to Fylde next Saturday

Scorers: Tries: Mellor (1), Packard (1)
Conversions: Ireland (1)
Penalties: Ireland (2)

Team: Bennett, Coates (Johnson), Gelsthorpe, Symcox Al (Ellis), Orton (Rix) , Bloor, Wragg , Wallace, Holmes, Ireland, Packard, Hart, Broadley,  Mellor, Swatkins

Replacements: Johnson, McDonald,  Ellis, Rix, O'Connor

Man of the match  - Lewis Bloor

Match Report by: Graham Cockshutt

15/09/18 Tigers 1st XV  41 - 22 South Leicester

No Match Report.

Scorers: Tries: Packard (2), Broadley (1), O'Connor (1), Rix (1), Wallace (1), Wragg (1)
Conversions: Ireland (3)

Team: Bennett (Gelsthorpe), Coates (Townsend), Simmons, Symcox Al, Orton (Ellis) , Bloor, Wragg (Rix), Wallace, Holmes, Ireland, Packard, Hart, Broadley, O'Connor (Davidson), Mellor

Replacements: Gelsthorpe, Townsend, Ellis, Rix, Davidson

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08/09/18 Tigers 1st XV  24 - 11 Stourbridge

Tigers were looking to consolidate their start to the season against likely front runners Stourbridge but after only 9 minutes they found themselves facing a penalty and 3 points behind. It was the spur they needed as a Stourbridge team that seemed intent on using their big forwards and backs as a battering ram were shown the limitations of such an approach. Having defended the forward onslaught Tigers launched their own attack through Greg Mellor who slotted into the line to create a gap that Tom Hart exploited crossing the line for a try which Mark Ireland converted to make it 7 – 3 to the home side. In driving rain – described by the crowd as monsoon like - Tigers continued to press and rebuff the big forwards of the visitors. Great tackling by Liam Wallace and Hart kept the opposition at bay and with only 14 men, after a yellow card for 2nd row Lee Orton, they continued to hold out and launch their own counter offensives. From a clearance to half way Tigers comfortably won the lineout and progressed to the opponents 22. From a turnover Tigers scrum-half, Ryan Holmes, made a break and fed the ball to Henri Packard who found Peter Swatkins outside him who crossed the line for a try. A conversion by Ireland made it 14 - 3 and Tigers were looking good. The rest of the half was Tigers defending and Stourbridge trying to batter their way through. In terrible conditions it became a bit of a stalemate and Tigers went to half time deservedly ahead.
The second half was something of a repeat with the visitors using their big forwards and Tigers defending comfortably. Good lineout work by Frank Wragg was ensuring possession but penalties were conceding ground and allowing Stourbridge to feel they were still in with a chance of winning. From a kick to the corner they launched a driving maul which crossed the line for a try to hooker Jack Lea. The conversion was missed and Tigers still led by 14 - 8. From the restart Tigers earned a penalty and the ever-faithful boot of Ireland moved the home side 17 - 8 ahead. Stourbridge responded with a penalty to make it 17 - 11 but Tigers showed that they were not going to be thwarted in the pursuit of victory. From the restart Tigers attacked and Swatkins made a jinxing run that left Stourbridge flat footed. The ball went across the pitch and player coach Jamie Broadley moved the ball to the forwards where a driving maul allowed Tigers captain, Ed Simmons, to cross the line. Ireland converted and Tigers were ahead 24 - 11. The game was won and despite repeated drives from Stourbridge, Tigers held out for a well-deserved, and hard earned, win.

Scorers: Tries: Hart (1), Simmons (1), Swatkins (1)
Conversions: Ireland (3)
Penalties: Ireland (1)

Team: Gelsthorpe (Bennett), Coates (Townsend), Simmons, Holland, Orton , Wragg, Symcox Al (Bloor), Wallace, Holmes, Ireland, Packard, Hart, Broadley, Mellor, Swatkins

Replacements: Bennett, Townsend, Bloor, Mackey, O'Connor

Man of the match  -Liam Wallace

Match Report by: Graham Cockshutt


01/09/18 Tigers 1st XV  33 - 35 Hull Ionians

No Match report.

Scorers: Tries: Broadley (1), Monks (1), Packard (1), Swatkins (1)
Conversions: Ireland (2)
Penalties: Ireland (3)

Team: Gelsthorpe (Bennett), Coates (Townsend), Simmons, Holland, Orton (Ellis), Monks, Symcox Al (Bloor), Wallace, Holmes, Ireland, Packard (Pond), Hart, Broadley, Mellor, Swatkins

Replacements: Bennett, Townsend, Ellis, Bloor, Pond

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