Match Reports - 25th & 26th March 2023

28 Mar 2023 in Club News

Match Reports - 25th & 26th March 2023 Match Reports - 25th & 26th March 2023

Match Reports - 25th & 26th March 2023

Wigan St Judes ARLFC – Match Reports
Saturday, 25 March 2023MastersWigan St Patrick’s / HaresfinchHome0-0Judes masters made their long awaited return this action as they played in a mini North West Festival hosing Wigan St Patricks and Haresfinch. St Pats playing in their first ever masters game. Judes try scorers on the day were Tommy Gallagher, Steve Makinson, Simon Owens, Paul McCormick and Ian Worthington. Special mention to Dave Brannigan, Marc Simon, Dean Jones and Matty Walkers who made their Judes masters debuts.
Sunday, 26 March 202310's - GoldsWesthoughton LionsHomeX XWe welcomed Westhoughton down to Parsons Meadow for the first time this morning. We came up against a well organised team on a bright and dry morning, who are one of our biggest tests this season.

The game was tight throughout with both teams evenly matched playing the game in the right spirit, with a last second try extending the visitors lead.

There was plenty effort from all our kids today and today's match is a good marker for the rest of our season, which will do us the world of good. They’ve put a tough shift in today and need to be proud of themselves even if the result isn't what they wanted as it was a really close game.

Players of the match

Coaches - Joey for an all action display in attack and defence helping his team mates around the pitch.

Opposition - Harry H for a strong display in defence a brave carries with the ball.

Sunday, 26 March 202311's - GoldsRyland SharksAway34-28Today's game saw us travelling to Victoria Park, Warrington. Due to the amount of rain we had been having we were playing on the 3G pitch.
It was a very close game throughout with nothing more than a try between us. The team stuck together and played their best right until the final whistle. Their determination and team work paid off when we took the lead by the end of the game.
Captain - Dalton Jones
Try scorers - Jacob Daven (3) Reece Collier (1) Rhys Hilton (1) Kenzie Phillips (1)
Conversions - Jacob Daven, Dalton Jones, Isaac Atherton, Kenzie Phillips, Luis Atkinson.
Player of the match - Harrison Kear
Best Effort - Finley Garner
Parent's Player - Kenzie Phillips
Opposition player - Andrew Monk
Sunday, 26 March 202311's - MaroonsLiverpool LionsHome40-6An excellent performance from the boys today. Tries from Tommy Gleeson, Logan Welsh and Kian Halliwell saw Judes take a well deserved lead at half time, keeping the Lions scoreless.

More of the same followed after the break with a debut try for Josh Wright, one for Ethan Cozens and a hatrick try for Tommy Gleeson.

Judes kicked 6/7 conversions

Stand out players today were Brody-Lee Belshaw, Ethan Cozens and Tommy Gleeson but every single player should be proud of their efforts.

Opposition Man of the match - Jack Needham
Man of the match - Brody Lee Belshaw
Top Tackler - Ethan Cozens

Well done everyone
Sunday, 26 March 202312's - GoldsChorleyAway20-22Judes travelled over to Chorley for a chilly early morning game.
Judes opened the scoring after 4 minutes with a try from Tommy Shaw, Chorley did well to get near to the line but an error left the ball in Judes hands, when the team drove hard up the field getting the ball out to Archie Unsworth who dove in the corner.
Judes let their defence slip allowing back-to-back tries from Chorley, with Chorley taking the lead. Judes responded with a great display that sent Henlea Baynham on his way over the whitewash. Will Cobley adding the extras. At the stroke of half time, Chorley responded with a try of their own.
Half time score Chorley 14 Judes 14.
Second half.
Chorley kicked off, Judes making an error straight away, allowing Chorley to attack near their own line, with a massive hit Tommy Shaw denied Chorley a try as the Chorley player knocked on. Judes having to work from the Chorley line, didn’t do themselves any favours and made their own handling errors, giving the ball back to Chorley, saw them pass the Judes defence easily scoring a try near the posts. Again, handling errors was an issue and Chorley got the ball right near their try line, the player weaved himself all over the field before getting the ball down in the corner. With a minute to go, Judes got their acts together and played up field, the ball went out to Alfie Webster who swivelled away from the defence to get the ball down. Will Cobley converting.
Overall discipline and attitude let us down today, we came away with a loss from too many handling errors and some heads not in the game. We go again next week.
Try scorers.
Tommy Shaw, Archie Unsworth, Henlea Baynham and Alfie Webster.
Conversions: Will Cobley: 2/4.
Top Tackler: Will Cobley
Man of the Match: Alfie Webster.
Sunday, 26 March 202316'sLeigh MinersHome26-14Judes finally got their league campaign started today hosting Leigh Miners in what many suggest would be a level finder for a much improved judes team on a good run of form.
The opening exchanges were blow for blow and it was the away side who struck 1st crashing over from close range, Judes answered straight back with some clever play from a tap penalty shifting it wide for Rhyley Makin to cross 4-6. Judes then started to apply the pressure with a strong pack pushing them down field resulting in a Jaiden Drachenberg try and a superb touch line conversion by Deecan Snape 10-4 ht.
The 2nd half saw Judes really step up and pull in front through a simply phenomenal solo try from Drachenberg, followed by Connor Roberts and Alfie Tate scores 2 of which converted by Snape giving a 26-6 lead . Unfortunately the lads switched off abit at this point and allowed 2 late trys to make the scoreline closer than it should of been at 26-14 .
Man of the match Jaiden Drachenberg
Sunday, 26 March 202313's - MaroonsAshton BearsAway42 - 12Today we faced Ashton Bears, both teams unbeaten so far this season so the scene was set for a great game and would be our first real test of the season.

St judes started strong a good defensive set from kick off and Ashton knew they was in for a tough afternoon. Judes getting on the scoreboard first through a well worked try by Dylan Donnelly converted by Alfie English.

A second quick try from kickoff by Jamie Gaskell making it 10-0 lead for judes.
Some great play starting to show by judes and ashton not having much answers saw judes score a third before the break scored and converted by Alfie English.

HT 16-0 judes

A mistake by ashton from kick off saw judes nudge further infront with a try from Harley Bentham making it 20-0 judes

Ashton hit back with a good attacking set. 20-6
Dylan Donnelly scoring his second with some strong running Alfie English converting 26-6.
Ashton not giving up found themselves in good position and scored again 26-12.

Mid way into the second half and frustration amongst the ashton side judes capitalised with a second try from Jamie Gaskell Converted by Alfie English 32-12

Dylan Donnelly grabbing his third and fourth try with some great team play build up Alfie English converting one pushed judes to 42-12.

Player of the match voted by Ashton Bears
was Dylan Donnelly.

3 wins from 3. UTJ
Sunday, 26 March 20239'sOrrell St JamesAway6 - 9St Judes played away to a big, physical Orrell side on a fresh Sunday morning.

Firstly can i give a special shout out to Charlie Leary on making his Judes debut and also getting Parents MOM well done matey.

St Judes started the first quarter with some solid team defence and individual defence from Carter who was playing his old side. Orrell broke the deadlock with the first try of the game. St Judes then hit back with a solid drive from Charlie Leary to lay a platform for Leon to go on a run and throw a great dummy pass and break through to get over the line to level the scores. Hogarth then struck with another try from a great angled run to the corner to give Judes the lead. St Judes defence was solid and Joe made a superb last ditch 1 on 1 try saving tackle to repel some strong Orrell attack. St Judes kept the pressure on Orrell right until the end of the quarter with Charlie Abram giving a pass to Hogarth who then passed it along again to Oscar who went over the line to score but it was disallowed for an earlier knock on in the build up.

In the 2nd quarter Orrell got off to a good start with a full length try. St Judes was trying to get over the line with Blake giving a great pass to Isaac who broke the line but was unlucky to be put into touch. St Judes struggled to keep Orrell out and they went on to score another 2 unanswered Tries. Leon and Logan were putting themselves about with some great last ditch defensive efforts.

The 3rd quarter started bright with Judes breaking the line multiple times but being unluckley bundled into touch each time. Judes training was on show as there was use of a great dummy runner and a pass to Hogarth who broke down the wing but was unlucky as he was unfairly pushed into touch when he was in for what would've been a certain try. Momentum was with Judes and Leon broke through for a certain try only to very, unluckily knock on over the line, Leon was very honest about this and showed great sportsmanship in saying it was a knock on when asked if he had scored or not. Orrell scored against the run of play, but Judes pressure paid off when old snake hips Blake stepped his way through the defence to score. Judes finished the quarter on a high with great scramble defence to keep Orrell out.

Judes started the brighter team again in the 4th and last quarter with Joe looking up to pass to Kai who then did a great offload to set up Hogarth for the first try of the quarter. Orrell then replied with a try. Leon then went on a great run and would have been over again except this time it was a high tackle that stopped a certain try. A break away full length try from Orrell swung momentum Orrells way and then scored again. Judes then replied through Hogarth who pinned his ears back to go over in the corner to score his hattrick. Orrell then replied with another try. St Judes wasn't giving the game up and Hogarth went over for his 4th try of the match and the last try of a well contested hard fought game for Judes. The game ended with a knock on from Orrell after some great on the line defence.

St Judes Try scorers;
Hogarth: 4 Leon: 1 Blake: 1

Man of the Matches:
There were two Coaches MOM this week.

Coaches: Leon
Coaches: Blake
Opposition: Hogarth
Parents: Charlie Leary
Top Tackler: Logan
Sunday, 26 March 20238'sRyland SharksHomeN/AIt looked like it was going to be a lovely day down on the meadow this morning but that wind was deceiving and by gosh it was cold.

The first quarter started off well and it seemed that the Jude’s under 8’s had really been listening in training on Friday nights and taken it all on board. There was some huge tackles from Bobby, Oliver, Joseph ,Theo , Zach, Finley P and Henry B. These boys are the mean machines and they stood in that defensive line protecting their that try line. George U gets on the field with Carter and makes some great runs and big tackles. Some of the Rylands Sharks and big fast and can play the game well with great hand offs but Theo, Finley P and Finlay H keep their eyes on the ball and keep them back. Lexie B comes on with Lucas and they get a run with the ball and they mange to offload it and help the Jude’s move forward.

It’s good to see the team coming together and gelling so well.


Opposition choice - Our very own speedy George U
Top tackler -Oliver S with an injury to prove his efforts.
Parents -Theo J Such a great team player.
Sunday, 26 March 202318'sGolborne ParksideHome42-0It was our first round of the Lancashire Cup today and we’d drawn Golborne Parkside at home. We hadn’t played these before so was unsure what to expect.

Judes kick-off and start off with a handling error that puts us on the defensive, but Liam sets the tone of the game with a huge hit on the wing to deny Golborne any points. Judes work their way back toward the Golborne line and fling the ball to the right to Jack G, who perused the line, until he spotted his opening and shot through to score. Judes should have really scored a couple more in quick succession, but good defence from Golborne made sure we didn’t go over. Our next score came from what turned out to be a good kick from Frosty, that hit the Golborne player and bobbled around on the floor until Rohan sprung into life and dove on the ball to record another try. Strong defence from Judes force a Golborne knock-on and Ethan retrieves the ball deep in his own half and when Ethan sets off, there’s just no catching him and he shows a clean pair of heels to the sticks. We end the first half with a set play that was executed to perfection involving the full team and keeping the ball alive. This created the platform for Roman to put the ball up in the air and in his usual accurate fashion it landed perfectly for Calum to leap and catch it and fall over the line. All tries accurately converted by Oliver and we go into the break 24-0 up.

Judes start the second half strongly with ball in hand showing silky passing skills out to Lewis T, who showed good speed and footwork to weave his way through the defence and score. Another huge break by Frosty and a pearler of a pass out the back door to Joe, unfortunately on the next play Golborne intercept and deny us any reward for our yardage. From here Judes were on a period of defence and our goal line defence was tested, with 4 repeat sets. Judes switched defence into attack and again Jack G spied his opportunity to jink in the line and score his second. As Judes were pulled for a forward pass, Golborne head to our line and another huge hit from Liam keeps our score sheet clean. Judes shoot down the other end and one of our favourite moves works a treat with Calum running on the angle to foil the defence and score. Again brilliantly converted by Oliver, who was 7 from 7 today, ended the game with a superb victory 42-0.

A fantastic win for Judes which puts them back in the running for the Lancashire Cup. Every lad in the squad did their bit today and was great to see a full team performance. There were a number of contenders for the Man of the Match, Reece was definitely top tackler and outstanding in defence. Frosty, buzzing around the ruck as always and played a mature game at 7. Calum does what every good captain does and lead from the front, scoring a couple of tries to. Jack G another really strong game at Fullback, outstanding in attack today, got his timing spot on, also bagging himself 2 tries. As there was so many, 2 Man of the Match awards today go to Liam Kay, absolutely outstanding on the wing, nothing got past him and he must have took the most carries in the game, getting a split lip for his efforts! ☹ Oliver Wright was another who shone in the game, played a creative half-back, 100% conversion rate to with his new, very expensive boots!! Well played lads, good to get back to winning ways.
Sunday, 26 March 20237'sAshtonAway0-0WSJ U7's had two away games this week at Ashton and Golborne, meaning all the boys got great game time.

The boys in both games should be very proud of their performances.

In the very early kick off at Golborne, brilliant defence from both teams and some really strong running on show against a tough side.

Well done boys, you did yourselves proud in with a great performance! Tries coming from Zac S, Jack H and Parker W.

Opposition player of the match was Parker W, with Charlie D and Teddy T both winning coaches awards.

In the later kick off WJS were able to demonstrate how their tough defence is and show off some of their passing and support play in an all round brilliant performance.

Well done boys, keep up the hard work! Tries in that game coming from Charlie P, Thomas S, Noah H, Thomas W, Owen F, Teddie R and Archie B

Opposition player of the match was won by Thomas W and Coaches Awards going to Joey P and Logan S.

Well done WSJ U7's and thank you to all the parents!!
Sunday, 26 March 202315'sWaterheadAway28-17Today we took on waterhead away in a friendly.

We started the game slowly and conceded the first 6 points of the game. After a tough arm wrestle, waterhead crossed over the line again to make it 12-0. After forcing an error and receiving a penalty, we took 2 drives forward and then threw some shape Aaron Briggs hitting Ty Roberts on a lead run saw him bouncing off the fullback to cross over the whitewash. Which was followed by a harsh yellow card. We went into half time 12-6 down.

Second half started and after a tough battle in the middle of the pitch, Junior Snape falls over the line to make it 12-12. Aaron Briggs converts. Waterhead kick off, Jude’s roll forward with great punches round the middle of the park, through the hands the ball goes and Kian Hare falls over the line to make it 16-12. Waterhead then get one back to make it 18-16, with 10 minutes left to play. Jude’s then show ruthless defence to win the ball back and force an error. Two drives forward we go and Brogan Bowker looks up from acting half 20 yards out and goes alone to cross the line with defenders stood watching him. 22-18 to Jude’s with 5 left to play. Waterhead try the short kick off from the restart, Jack Wright swallows the ball and returns it 25 yards. Strong carries then from Jude’s saw us on waterheads 30 yard line and to finish it off we saw the ball go through 4 pairs of hands and Junior Snape cross over the line again for his second of the game. 28-18 the score line finished to Jude’s. Great effort from the lads to get back into the game and get the win.

Motm Jack Wright. Unreal in both attack and defence today.

Honourable mentions to Brogan Bowker, Tyrone Roberts, McKinley Winstanley, Aaron Briggs.


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