Match Reports - 5th - 20th August 2023

21 Aug 2023 in Club News

Match Reports - 5th - 20th August 2023 Match Reports - 5th - 20th August 2023

Match Reports - 5th - 20th August 2023

Wigan St Judes ARLFC – Match Reports
Saturday, 5 August 20231st TeamDewsbury CelticAway24-22The 1st team had a great win away at Dewsbury Celtic 22-24
Judes scored on 4 minutes a good back line shot and a neat kick saw Reece McNally score in corner 0-4. Next it was Joey Brady who once again finished a sweeping move to score a great try , converted by Danny Fallon 0-10
2 minutes later an unforced error from Jude’s was punished by Celtic who scored on 11 minutes 6-10, sustained pressure from Celtic led to 2 try’s and a conversion to lead at HT 16-10
Straight after the restart Danny Cassidy dummied his way through the Celtic defence to score , converted by Barry Rothwell 16-16
On 48 minutes Barry Rothwell kicked a penalty for Jude’s 16-18
Celtic hit back again with a converted try 22-18
Jude’s we’re completing high and piling on the pressure on Celtic and was Cassidy I who scored in the corner 22-22
Judes we’re relentless now , not happy to be sharing the points came close a few times, with the Celtic defence creaking something had to give and Jude’s got a penalty with 2 minutes remaining, up stepped Danny Cassidy, 30 meters out and 5 meters from the touchline slotted over goal to end the scoring 22-24
Great deserved win for the lads and the coaches
Most meters went to fullback Conner Parkinson 150 m
Joey Brady 120m
Brogan Turner 115m
Top Tackles Reece Stanton/ Kieran Rennox 28
Danny Fallon 23
Ncl player of the match went to Barry Rothwell
Closely followed by Danny Cassidy/Joey Brady / Jacob Dugdale and centre’s Dante Morley Samuels and Brogan Turner
Next game home to Normington this Thursday 7-30 pm 10th august
Saturday, 5 August 2023A TeamLeigh East AAway4-34Long standing Coach Paul ‘Donny’ Donnelly emotionally brought down the curtain on his 17 year open age coaching career, but unfortunately couldn’t prevent his side losing 34-4 to a rampant Leigh East side in their Alliance league away clash.
A destructive first half spell from the home side saw them run in 6 tries to take a 34-4 lead into the break with Daryll King registering the only try for St Judes.
A scoreless second half saw St Judes regain some pride with a gritty performance that showed that there wasn’t actually a great deal of difference between the two sides. Final score 34-4
Outstanding for St Judes was Rio Roberts, Daryll King, Oliver Wright, and Chris English.
Sunday, 6 August 202318'sLeigh MinersHome26-34A very soggy affair today at the meadow saw Judes unluckily go down to a very spirited Leigh side, as both teams battled each other and the elements.

Judes had a number of players out today and asked our 16s to step in, each one of them doing an absolutely superb job. It did mean though that it took Judes a while to gel and some good defence from Leigh forcing us wide and over the side line, soon put Miners 2 tries to the good. Judes always seemed to be in catch up mode in this game, our first break came from Rohan who is our darting supremo, producing one of his impressive breaks and keeping a cool head he popped the ball up for Lewis to continue the run and bring the ball back under the sticks. Unfortunately, Judes immediately let Leigh over the line again as they danced their way through some sloppy defence. Judes finished the half strongly with a second copycat try from Rohan and Lewis, converted by Oliver. Danny Walsh got us level with a strong try in the corner, reaching over his head to score, made it all square at half time.

Judes started the second half well when Jayden produced a ball steal, which excitedly put us on the attack, unfortunately we knock-on during the set and gift possession to Leigh. We try to contain Miners in our half of the field, but they chip over and somehow regather after what looked like 2 knock-ons trying to retrieve the ball and still come away with the ball and dive over with the ref signalling the try. Judes produce a brilliant restart which ricocheted over the back line off a Leigh player to gift us a drop out. We were over their line on the back of this, unfortunately we knocked-on grounding it and the try disallowed. Judes go for an intercept, but sadly we couldn’t keep possession and from the resulting scrum, the Miners hooker just ghosted through our defence as though we weren’t there. This put Leigh 28-16 up, making it difficult for Judes to claw their way back. Judes put in another brilliant restart and Miners knock-on over their own line for another drop out. Smooth passing from Judes, saw the ball finish in Ethan’s hands who finished off in the corner. Another try in quick succession, saw some brilliant off-loading and keeping the ball alive. A superb off-load from Nathan as he was going to ground and Rohan having a perfectly timed run, gathered the ball and shot off to score under the post, a conversion by Oliver put us right back in contention, 26-28. Miners had a player sent off and Judes still had a few minutes to make the ultimate come back in this game, unfortunately a knock-on coming off our line, gifted the ball to Leigh and they finished off over the line on the death, sealing a 26-34 win.

Judes were unfortunate not to get the win today and only went down by 1 try. We needed to be a little more clinical in certain areas of the game and shut the game down when we had chance. Thank you to all the 16s who stood up and played today, putting in brilliant performances, the future definitely looks bright for our 18s team. Well Done on a Man of the Match performance from our darting supremo Rohan, he was superb at hooker today, guiding our troops round the pitch, he proved a handful for the Leigh defence, setting up tries and scoring a great try for himself to. A few weeks off now, so get working hard on that training field lads!
Friday, 18 August 2023MastersBury BroncosHome0-0Judes masters took on Bury Broncos under the lights on Friday Night down at Parsons Meadow

The games was played in the traditional masters spirit and some good rugby was played by both sides.

Judes tries on the night where from Paul McCormick (4), Matt Leigh (3), Ian Worthington, Dominic Sheridan, Steve Lynch and the evergreen Terry Porter
Saturday, 19 August 20231st TeamWoolston roversHome28-10After a disappointing July fixtures the august games were pin pointed by the coaches as must wins to stay in contention for the playoffs, with two wins against teams above us in the league in Dewsbury Celtic away and Normington knights at home , again the 1st team we’re playing a team above us in the league in woolston rovers at parson’s meadow
Both Jude’s and woolston were going set for set , and both defences were holding with Jude’s goal line defence in particular holding fast
It was Jude’s who scored first on 19 minutes the forwards set up the field postion for a good backline shot and fullback Conner Parkinson joined the line and shot in for a great try wide out
Judes now dominated for rest of the first half , on 27 minutes Aaron smith scattered the woolston defence and run 40 meters before passing to Joey Brady who showed his pace to score near the post and Danny Cassidy slotted over the conversion 10-0 at the break
It was Aarron smith who scored next on 43 minutes he crashed on a pass from dummy half and demolished the woolston defence for a great try again converted by Danny Cassidy 16-0
Judes we’re right on top now , on 53 minutes a woolston kick was collected deep in the Jude’s half ,a quick play the ball and Jude’s chanced there arm against a broken rovers defence and Joey Brady sprinted in from halfway to score a brilliant try , converted by Danny Cassidy 22-0
Woolston are a good side and for 15 minutes they started to show what there about and scored 2 try’s and goal 22-10
But Jude’s took back control of the game for the last 10 minutes and Danny Cassidy sold a great dummy the to run in from 30meters out to score under the sticks and he converted 28-10
Three great wins
Ncl player of the match Conner Parkinson
Game sponsor joe Fitzsimmons chose as player of the match Danny Cassidy
Top tackles went to Kieran Rennox 25, Reece Stanton 24, Joey Brady 23
Most meters Joey Brady 165
Conner Parkinson 110
Reece Stanton 100
Happy 60 th Birthday to our match day physio
Mick Holland have a great day pal
Up the Jude’s
Sunday, 20 August 202313'sOrrell St. James'sHome18-18St Judes under 13's took on their strongest opposition yet this season, a friendly fixture was arranged between these local rivals, with St. James's plying their trade in division one and St Jude's currently leading division three. A strong start from St. Jude's saw them take the lead after great work from Ethan Spence to break the line and provide Alfie English the opportunity to cause more havoc in the St. James's defence before offloading to Dylan Donnelly to impressively collect the offload to score in the corner, Alfie English converted to make it 6-0.

The remainder of the half was a close affair, St.James's equalised 10 mins later. At half time the sides went in level.

The second half saw St. Judes start the more brighter of the two teams and took the lead through a fine solo effort from Alfie English using his fine footwork to get free and round the fullback, Alfie also converted the try to make it 12-6.

St. Jude's extended their lead to 18-6 once Jayden Crutchley burst through and impressively stepped the fullback to score under the sticks. Alfie English converted.

Following this St James's rallied and scored a converted try from a St. Jude's error in their own half. Then came a moment of controversy with Jamie Gaskell spooning his way over the line only for the ref to call him held up, a difficult call for the ref.

Unfortunately for St. Jude's, St. James's levelled up the scores with 3 minutes to play.

The last attack of the game then saw St.James's awarded a penalty in front of the sticks some 25 metres out, St. James's missed the goal attempt which was a real pressure kick.

A superb game, to watch played by two committed teams. The game was reffed by a young lad, who was respected by both teams and handled the local derby expertly.


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