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Stanley Rangers U12s 12 v Heworth  U12s 12

Stanley dropped their first league point of the season after a hard fought draw against a determined Heworth side.

Stanley kicked off the game against Heworth with a slight wind at their backs and straight away it was apparent they were in for a physical game against a big set of Heworth forwards. The game was back and forth with both teams taking it to each other with strong carries and crunching defence. It was Heworth who drew first blood after they worked the ball to their right and their 2nd row ran onto the ball wide out to brush off a couple of Stanley defenders to get over the line. Conversion kicked 0 - 6.
Stanley's response was good and they seemed to up their efforts both in attack and defence and they went close after a carry down the short side from Riley Britton saw him tip the ball onto Finley Tate who looked like he would score but the fullback managed to get enough contact on him to force him off balance and into touch just before touching down.

Stanley did manage to get on the score board though before the half was up when again they worked their way into good ball position and Lewis Spivey took advantage close to the line to scoot and force his way over. Zack Leaworthy converted 6 - 6. With both teams defence holding firm that’s how it stayed until half time.

The 2nd half started in the worst way for Stanley as they miss judged the kick off, thinking it was going out on the full they left the ball which bounced in play to Before going out for a Heworth scrum in Stanleys half. Stanley hadn’t seemed to come out for the 2nd half and from the resulting scrum Heworth powered forward before their big prop, who had caused problems all day for Stanley’s defence, burst through some un characteristically weak defence  and ran in to score for Heworth. It looked like it might be Heworths day as the conversion struck the post but luckily for them went over. 6 - 12.

The game swung back and forth for the rest of the game with both defences on top and most of the half was played out in mid field. As the game drew towards the final whistle it looked like Heworth would hold on but Stanley’s never say die attitude came to the fore as they finally found themselves in some decent field position, they moved the ball to their right and well timed short ball from Josh Chapman put Riley Britton into a small gap which allowed him to crash over and score. George Britton held his nerve with a fairly difficult conversion to tie the score up with 1 minute left to play. 12 - 12.

Their was just enough time to for Stanley to have 1 last attempt to score as Heworth again went for the touchline, this time they miss judged the kick and the ball went out on the full. This gave Stanley the chance to snatch what had looked an unlikely win, however after working their way into a decent position they were unable to do anything before the referee blew the final whistle for what was probably a fair result to both teams a 12 - 12 draw.

Player awards went to :

Riley Britton - players player.
Lewis Spivey - parents player.
James Astin - oppositions and coaches.

Match day report sent in by Chris Molyneux Head Coach.

Stanley Rangers U12s v Heworth

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