Match Reports - 28th June - 2nd July 2023

03 Jul 2023 in Club News

Match Reports - 28th June - 2nd July 2023 Match Reports - 28th June - 2nd July 2023

Match Reports - 28th June - 2nd July 2023

Wigan St Judes ARLFC – Match Reports
Wednesday, 28 June 202312's - GoldsHalton FarnworthAway14-6A hard fought win for the Jude’s as we played a midweek fixture over in Widnes.
Judes kicked off and fought set for set to get to the line, likewise Halton tried their best but Judes were just too strong.
Judes crossed the line at the stroke of half time, when Tommy Shaw broke through, sending the opposition flying, he powered and put the ball down. Conversion missed.
Second half, Judes forced the errors right from kick off, again a big set from the lads who got the ball out to Ryley Flynn who crossed the whitewash for his first try for the Golds. Conversion missed.
Set for set each team kept the opponents away from the try line, until a kick on the last from Will Cobley and an amazing pick up from Freddie Davies got us more points in the board. Conversion made.
As the clock was ticking with seconds left, Halton sneaked a try and conversion to get themselves some points.
Full time score:
Halton 6 - Wigan St Judes 12’s Golds 14.

Not the best game of rugby league from the boys, but we can learn from the bits that we see as no way perfect.

Try scorers:
Tommy Shaw
Ryley Flynn
Freddie Davies.

Will Cobley 1/3

Man of the match: Will Cobley.
Top Tackler: Tommy Shaw.

Thursday, 29 June 202313'sClock Face MinersHome40 - 6A really tough test tonight for St. Judes u13's from Clock Face Miners, who are a very tough, athletic team who asked many questions of the St. Judes defence. St. Judes carried on their fine form this season with real intent tonight taking pride in their aggressive defence which allowed them to push on in attack which they did exceptionally well, playing from side to side and showcasing plenty of options that caused Clock Face's defence no end of questions. Player of the match voted by the opposition was Alfie English and St Judes coaches choices were Alfie Catterall, Liam Cartwright and Jack Fullerton.

The level of improvement these lads are producing is there for all to see, what is more impressive is the willingness to work hard, listen and learn for each other.

Sunday, 2 July 202318'sRochdale MayfieldHome20-34Disappointing day today as we exit the Lancashire Cup, silverware that we were hoping to retain, unfortunately we were up against a team who wanted it more.

Judes were first to score in the game, with a dart from the ruck by Oliver who produced a cheeky reach over, to squeeze the ball down. Converted by Roman, put us in the lead 6-0. Rochdale did bring it level, when awarded a penalty for a Judes player pushing, which put our line under pressure and our defence was to slow and Rochdale were in. The next 20 minutes or so, saw both teams go at each other, but not score any points. At one stage, Judes had repeat sets, but we could not break Rochdale’s defence. Oliver tried a sneaky chip through, but Lewis just couldn’t take it cleanly, even a ball steal from Rohan, couldn’t be turned into anything productive. Judes just couldn’t get a break and after being caught offside, Rochdale have the final say of the half with an accurate kick that found space in our in-goal and they are the first to pounce and score, ending the half with a small 6-10 lead.

Judes were still in it, but needed to significantly increase their intensity. Great read from Daniel with a brilliant intercept, he set off, almost out-running the defender on the right wing, but their 13 caught him just short. The ball was switched out to Cal, who steps up and does what he does best, steaming onto the ball to score on the left wing, bringing the scores level. Judes let Rochdale go ahead again though with some lack-lustre defence, when a huge gap opened up that our opposition shot through to go ahead 10-16. On Judes next set, we get the ball out to Brogan, who was determined to drag us back into the game and powered his way through multiple defenders to get the ball down. Rochdale respond immediately though when the re-start, takes a horrible bounce and Judes couldn’t gather, but Rochdale steam onto it and scoot off to the line, scoring an unfortunate 6 pointer. Jude’s energy dropped following this and Rochdale racked up back to back tries. Judes did pull one back though, when Cal is almost over, then Brogan takes the play of the ball and forces his way through, showing unbelievable strength to get it down. In the dying seconds, Brogan is almost over again, then Oliver reaches out to score, but couldn’t quite ground it, unfortunately time ran out and our Cup dreams are over, with the win going to Rochdale 20-34.

Today wasn’t meant to be for Judes, which is gut wrenching when it’s knock-out rugby. Judes weren’t at their best, but did have enough opportunities to win, unfortunately we didn’t execute well enough and weren’t on the ball defensively. Man of the Match went again to our Captain Calum, who tried everything, but was marked superbly by the opposition, well tried Cal. They say defence wins games and that certainly was the case for Rochdale today.
Sunday, 2 July 202316'sSalford RoostersHome48-0The 16s hosted Salford Roosters in the Lancs Cup QF, and although Salford were game and full of spirit the gulf in class was apparent from the 1st to last whistle with judes racking up points without really hitting top gear. Some great solo and team trys plus a nice clean sheet and it's job done and into the hat for the semi final

Man of the match Jaiden Drachenberg
Sunday, 2 July 202313'sHindleyHome56-4St. Judes started the game off trying to adjust to the windy conditions but soon hit their stride, when Riley Atherton opened the scoring, Alfie English kicking the conversion. Jamie Gaskell soon followed with another try after a fine individual effort, Alfie English kicking the conversion. Following nice play out wide where Judes managed to isolate the Hindley defender and score from a 2 v1 by Dylan Donnelly, Alfie English converted. Alfie English scored after Judes were building pressure in the Hindley 20m, he also converted his own try. Jayden Crutchley scored next to make it 28-0 Alfie English converted. Following a strong start to the second half Dylan Donnely scored, Alfie English converted. Jamie Gaskell soon followed with a try Following a strong Jayden Crutchley run. Dylan Donnelly climbed to the top of the apple tree again scoring his 3rd try, Alfie English converting. Riley Atherton capitalised on a loose ball and went the full length of the pitch to score, Jack Fullerton converted. Dylan Donnelly scored his 4th and final try of the game after Judes built pressure forcing a repeat set on Hindley's line.

Player of the match- Jayden Crutchley
Coaches choices- Riley Atherton and Jamie Gaskell
Sunday, 2 July 202311's - GoldsOldham St AnnesAway18 - 6Today's game saw us travelling to Oldham.
The game started well, with good defensive play from both sides. Both teams were evenly matched, until Luis Atkinson went over the line to put Golds in the lead. A great kick sailed over to get the extra 2 points.
Jacob Daven scored just before half time to make it 12 - 0 at half time.
Second half saw more great defense from both sides. Oldham scored to bring the game to 12 - 06 to Golds.
Jacob Daven then scored his second try of the game, with Ian Monk converting the kick.
Final score saw another win for Golds.
Captain - Jack Mason
Try scorers - Luis Atkinson (1), Jacob Daven (2)
Conversions - Luis Atkinson, Jacob Daven, Ian Monk
Player of the Match - Reece Collier
Effort of the Match - Luis Atkinson
Parent's Player- Jaxon Gore
Opposition Player - Owen Collier
Referee's Player - Isaac Atherton
Sunday, 2 July 202310's - GoldsBlackbrook RoyalsHomeN/AWe welcomed Blackbrook down to Judes this morning for their first visit against us after an entertaining encounter in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

The visitors started with the kick off, which we returned really well and got up the pitch to apply pressure.

Our attacking pressure continued in the early stages as we kept knocking on the door but couldn't find an answer. Our defence was really strong up to the half way point of the first half when Blackbrook opened the scoring with a well worked try, which was converted.

We continued with the attack and thought we'd broke through the defence, only for an effort from Jacob to be ruled out for a forward pass. Blackbrook continued their strong defence and good attack and forced another try in before half time, which was converted.

We headed in to half time and reminded the kids of our last encounter and that they were not out of the contest by any means.

We started off with a big kick off from Oscar that we chased down well. We continued with pressure in our defence, Blackbrook broke free down the right and manage to convert a long range try.

The kids didn't let their heads drop and tweaked their approach in attack. We made it up the field and Sam launched a fantastic high kick that bounced perfectly to evade the Blackbrook defenders and allow Harrison to grab a try, which Phoebe duly converted.

Following the success of this approach, we forced a turnover on the next set and marched up the field again. Sam launched another high kick which Jacob expertly charged down and tackled the Blackbrook defender in their in goal to force a turnover. We couldn't take advantage of this opportunity, unfortunately.

The second half wore on and Blackbrook grabbed a late try at full time, which was also converted.

It was a tough game and the kids performed better defensively this time around than the first time we met today's opponents, which is a massive credit to them all and the work they've been doing in training.

Special mention to Logan as all our parent and players wished him happy birthday for today!

We move on to our next opponents, Salford City Roosters, at home on Thursday.

Players of the match
Coaches - Harry H
Opposition - Sam


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