Heaton Moor Senior Colts’ winless start continues in Altrincham

Jono Glanfield bursts forward supported by Declan McGeehan

Altrincham Kersal 21-17 Heaton Moor Senior Colts

Heaton Moor’s  winless start to the season continued when they lost out narrowly to Altrincham Kersal in a game dictated by a strong breeze.

It was the Stockport boys who began well. Assisted by the strong wind, they put their opponents under pressure playing a running game.

Six minutes in, Asa Bottomley scored a fantastic try, great work by the Kilbride brothers and Bob Berry sending him through.

Heaton Moor were dominating the exchanges with the forwards providing a strong platform, notably Connor Bailey again having a fine game at flanker.

Things got better for Heaton Moor on 26 minutes when a lineout win ended up on the other side of the pitch, a sweeping move leading to Dylan Starkie deftly touching down.

Nick Tenney added the conversion to give Moor a 12-point lead before having to come off for a nasty rib injury.

Just before half-time, Bottomley broke from his own half and looking like he was going to go all the way before a great tackle, but his quick thinking released Joe Kilbride who then popped to Starkie for his second try for a healthy 17-point lead at half-time.

On the resumption, Moor were immediately under pressure, the Altrincham boys obviously realising their predicament and stepping up.

They pulled a converted try back within four minutes, but Moor were holding them off well, some massive hits by Glanfield with Coffey and Loftus also carrying the fight.

But the pressure eventually told and the home side scored two more tries, the winning score five minutes from time.

Heaton Moor take on Fylde in the Lancashire Cup this weekend.