Heaton Moor Junior Colts 24-17 Wirral: Boothroyd try clinches tight win

James Bellis is supported by Trevor Chappell
James Bellis is supported by Trevor Chappell

Heaton Moor Junior Colts completed preparations for their Lancashire Cup final tie with a 24-17 victory over Wirral.

It all looked so smooth in the first half with Moor dominating proceedings, a strong pack providing a platform for some sparkling rugby in particular by Joe Kilbride, Tom Whitehead and skipper Nick Tenney.

It was hooker Jake Barrett who started the scoring with a very determined finish, typifying his display, Tenney converting.

Then Kilbride scored a stunning try after some great work by Bob Berry, the Moor lads really putting their opponents to the sword.

Ten minutes before half-time, a robust finish by the perpetually battling Trevor Chappell gave Heaton Moor a healthy and deserved 17-point interval lead.

Changes were made at half-time and the Merseysiders grabbed their opportunity, and by the end of the third quarter, they had scored two tries, one converted, to bring the score to 17-12 in favour of the home team.

But ten minutes from time came the move of the game. From an attacking scrum, man-of-the-match Tenney fed the Kilbride brothers, the younger Cameron with a perfect pass for Angus Boothroyd to cross for the clinching score.

There was still time for the gallant Wirral to score a try but Heaton Moor ran out deserved victors.

On now to Eccles April 29 to take on the challenge of Blackburn in what promises to be a cracker of a climax to the season.

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