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Tyldesley take title after years of toiling
8:20am Friday 22nd February 2013 in Sport
Tyldesley 48 Ashton on Mersey 3
TYLDESLEY finally gained reward for seasons of effort when they secured the Raging Bull North West Senior Colts League title at the weekend.
The team have improved slowly but steadily over the last four seasons but always seemed to fall just short when it came to lifting any silverware.
They have previously finished league runners up, reached two semi finals and two finals.
A comfortable win against a plucky Ashton side was the clincher and Bongs practically held the upper hand from start to finish.
Bashua crossed in the 11th minute after strong forward play from Coyne, Chahboune and Mennell.
Eight minutes later the hosts crossed again.
A great line-out throw from Norton and catch from Mennell, saw Weaver, Gillbanks, Coyne, Chahboune and Norton combine well and drive towards the line with Prendergast touching down.
Superb defence and pressure from Monks, Lloyd, Unsworth and Hargreaves saw the ball turned over with Legge kicking on and then outpacing the defence to touch down.
Three minutes later strong forward play from Prendergast, Coyne, Gillbanks and Bashua assisted Monks, Lloyd and Unsworth to move the ball out for Hargreaves to notch Tyldesley’s fourth try just before the break.
Bongs crossed aagain three minutes into the second period, when good team pressure allowed Monks to go over.
Ashton applied some pressure that saw them rewarded with a converted penalty but Tyldesley went straight back on to the attack.
From a scrum 30 metres out, Guest picked up at the base and burst through for a great try.
With 12 minutes remaining, Lloyd broke from inside his own half via some good footwork and outpaced the cover to the line for another great try.
Tyldesley’s final score came in the last minute from another good line-out.
A great throw from Chahboune and take from Bashua resulted in all eight forwards driving over the line, with Prendergast touching down.
Conversions were kicked by Gillbanks, Unsworth, Guest and Weaver.