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Tyldesley look to break duck
2:26pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
TYLDESLEY head to Hoylake on Saturday where they are looking to get off the mark in the Northern Division South Lancashire and Cheshire One after a second narrow defeat on Saturday left them pointless after two games.
The hosts trailed to Isle of Man side Douglas by 18 points early in the second half on Saturday, but a late comeback through Martin Wallbank and Craig Pulman tries saw them lose 26-15.
Douglas converted a penalty to take the lead after 11 minutes in a first half that saw both sides cancelling each other out.
The visitors then added another in the fourth minute of five added on to increase their lead at the interval.
Douglas extended their advantage on 49 minutes, working an extra man in to the attacking line to score the first try of the day, which was duly converted.
They added another score three minutes later and it seemed a long way back for Tyldesley at 18-0 down.
However, taking the game by the scruff of the neck and with the forwards gathering great yardage Matt Soulsby was able to move the ball swiftly from the base of the ruck.
The move resulted in Danny Kilshaw delivering a perfect pass for full back Wallbank to meet and score a converted try.
The Tyldesley pack began to turn the screw and a catch and drive inside the Douglas 22 ended with Pulman at the bottom of a pile of bodies, Wallbank was unable to land the conversion on this occasion.
However, on 65 minutes the full back landed a penalty when the Douglas back row were caught interfering with Tyldesley ball at the ruck and the deficit had been reduced to three points with the scoreline reading 18-15.
From the restart Douglas converted a penalty of their own and with 90 seconds remaining on the clock the Manxmen broke down the right flank to score a final unconverted try and record the victory.
Tyldesley coach Phil Johnson is hoping for a change in his side’s fortunes when they visit Hoylake on Saturday.
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