Bottomley scores twice in Heaton Moor win

Cian Keane on the break supported by Asa Bottomley
Cian Keane on the break supported by Asa Bottomley

Heaton Moor Senior Colts 34-22 Old Rishworthians

The projected cup match against Fylde was postponed at the weekend so a friendly game was arranged with Old Rishworthians and provided a very enjoyable encounter with plenty of free-flowing rugby by both teams.

It also gave the Moor management an opportunity to utilise their extended squad. The Yorkshire outfit started bright and kicked an early penalty after Moor had strayed offside.

But Moor wasted no time and after Jono Glanfield stole a visitors’ lineout, Asa Bottomley provided his customary party piece as he spotted a gap and duly marched through to score the first try of the game.

Twenty minutes in and huge pressure by Moor forwards in the opposition 22 resulted in Fred McIlwraith scoring his first try for the Colts.

But just before half-time Old Rushfordians responded with a well-worked try of their own, the deficit a meagre two points at the break, 10-8 in favour of Heaton Moor.

Moor then burst out of the traps in the second half with two tries in five minutes. Firstly Bottomley scored his second after brilliant work by Sam Shepherd and Connor Bailey.

Then Moor won a scrum against the head, Joe Kilbride supplying a beautiful pass toTrevor Danson-Chappell who scored with a strong run from halfway.

Rishworthians kept plugging away, a converted try cutting the deficit half way through the second half.

Then came the try of the game. Tom Bushby started with a great attack on the right wing, the ball was worked inside and a sumptuous lay-off from Cameron Kilbride to Connor Bailey and the young flanker scored under the posts, which he then duly converted.

But the Yorkshire boys showed terrific character again, another converted try to again leave a single score between the sides.

But five minutes from the end, a quick penalty and that man Bailey went over again, the conversion made by Sam Shepherd.