Rugby union round-up: Aspull triumphs as Orrell gets involved in a thriller

Rhodri Carlton Jones kicks in front of goal

Missing their talisman and Captain Sam Kindred due to illness, Apull had it all on.

With Liam West unleashing numerous attacks and Captain Jake Greenhaulgh admirably filling in for Kindred as skipper for the day, Aspull won the arm wrestle against a large Sefton pack.

Rhodri Carlton Jones, playing the half stroke, pulled most strings, creating two tries for the electric Louis Molyenux, and hitting two penalties and a conversion.

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Jordan Gibbons and Connor Parkinson played great games, but the star of the day was Jonathan ‘Jonty’ Wilson, who walked away with the man of the match award.

Aspull’s second team had no game this weekend, but the third team – led by longtime battlehorse Ian Robertson – took a solid win, beating Burnley’s second team 34-14.

Meanwhile, Orrell went down 35-28 in a lively encounter against Southport at John Rigby College.

An early knock on Southport gave Southport possession in a scrum from which they scored, but Orrell reacted as captain Dan Huxley fought his way through a try converted by Craig Thomas.

The parity lasted just two minutes before Southport made it 14-7, before a penalty from Thomas narrowed the deficit to four points.

Good work from the Orrell attackers and then good handling by the backs resulted in a second try by winger Matt Stott at the corner.

Southport, however, still had time before the break to put in another attack on Orrell’s line, which resulted in them scoring a third converted try – and a penalty – for a 24-15 lead at halftime.

With the visitors back to 14 after a sin binning, some quick tries put Orrell at 25-24, before a penalty from Southport pushed them back into the lead.

Thomas’ boot gave Orrell the lead again before Southport responded with a penalty of their own, before crossing over for a fourth attempt to seal the win.

In the closing moments of the game, Thomas dodged several defenders before finally being illegally tackled in the Southport half.

Due to the resulting incident, both he and the tackler were shown a yellow card, with the umpire overturning the Orrell penalty and handing it to Southport.

This Saturday, January 29, Orrell will be away in Tarleton (2:15 p.m.).

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