On a much better and brighter day, the Cheshire B team once again travelled to Burnage to face Lancashire B, a reverse of the fixture two weeks previous.
Much like the change in conditions, Cheshire started the brighter. After being led out by captain Will Barton, Cheshire capitalised on an error at the kick off from Lancashire going straight into touch. An accurate throw from Hannigan at the line out fed the airborne Platt enabling Cheshire to start an unstoppable maul. Score converted by Frank, 7-0.
A Cheshire error from the next kick off, saw a battle for territory arise. Carries from Clarke, Hetherington and Warr made dents into the stern Lancashire defence, with errors in key moments halting the Cheshire momentum. This allowed Lancashire back into the game, their dominant carriers coupled with a clever offloading game stretched the Cheshire defence. Despite defensive efforts from Willaims, Piasecki and Zheng, the Lancashire pressure was too much, 7-7.
Lancashire furthered their dominance with two quick scores, 21-7.
After a few tactical adjustments, Cheshire began to string the phases together with Barton, Warr, Zheng, Mayfield all growing into the game and getting onto the ball. Manger and Frank put together some expansive phase play, getting Williams, Pratt, and Edwards over the gain line. Quick hands from Warr and Williams freed up the impressive Jones who barrelled over the on rushing
Lancashire defenders to dot down an unconverted score 21-12.
As half time loomed, Lancashire got another score despite the courageous efforts of Jones, McCann and Hetherington a Lancashire pick and go could not be stopped. HT 28-12.
A few changes at the interval saw the introduction of Atkinson, Greensmith and McGeever with some positional changes also.
Cheshire struggled to get going in the second half, with Lancashire dominating the kicking game spending the majority of the second half in the Cheshire 40 meter zone. Defensive efforts from
Conboy, Mayfield and Clarke coupled with superb cover tackling from the ever present Zheng and Williams halted almost certain Lancashire scores.
The short direct game of Lancashire proved too much for the vastly improved Cheshire side resulting in three further Lancashire scores. The final passages of Cheshire attack showed much promise yet to no avail.
Cheshire B can take many positives from the game, a vastly better performance than that of two weeks ago. Looking ahead the final game of the county season vs Staffordshire, certain players have given the coaching team some headaches for the match.