Heaton Moor Junior Colts prevail in 12-try thriller with Huddersfield

Rafferty supplies quick ball for Heaton Moor
Rafferty supplies quick ball for Heaton Moor

Heaton Moor Junior Colts shared 12 tries with Huddersfield before running out 42-36 winners with fly-half Nick Tenney’s kicking proving the difference.

Moor got off to a good start, skipper Tenney scoring under the posts and converting after seven minutes.

But after that, the half was dominated by a solid Huddersfield team, hitting back with their own converted try followed by two more won off Heaton Moor lineouts,.

The home side’s struggle wasn’t helped by a break in play for a freak injury to the excellent Dom Loftus, who now must be a serious doubt for the Lancashire Cup final in three weeks, and down by 19-7 at half-time.

After half time, Huddersfield’s authority on proceedings was enhance further with two quick tries, the second particularly eye-catching with a great kick and chase over a seemingly lethargic Moor rear-guard, extending the visitors’ lead to 31-7.

But the Moor lads reacted. Driven by replacements in James Bellis and Connor Bailey, Bellis particularly excelling in a new second-row role, the hosts finally got going.

The impressive Joe Kilbride pounced to narrow the gap before Asa Bottomley read a cross-field pass, intercepted and ran through to score with both conversions added.

Connor Bailey then scored on his debut, Tenney’s excellent extras leaving the deficit at three points.

But Huddersfield rose again with a brilliant try giving them what seemed a winning lead.

But enter Jono Glanfield with a match-winning burst, twice crossing after some great forward momentum to give Heaton Moor an impressive, if flattering, victory by 42 points to 36.

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