CELTS RIDE SCARE AGAINST THE FALCONS
Flintshire Falcons RFC
Conwy Celts RFC
|Venue:||Deeside Leisure Centre, CH5 1SA|
|Date:||Sunday 17th June 2012|
|Competition:||Welsh Conference - North Wales Championship|
By Ryan Gould
The Conwy Celts continued their push at the top of the table, but had to ride a scare as the new Falcons club came within four points at one point in the second half.
The final score may suggest that the Celts were comfortable winners, but that was far from the case as they were really taken by surprise by what the home side had to offer considering the time they've had to prepare.
Jordan Sheridan came up with four tries on the day, and he was instrumental throughout. It was the full back himself who took Conwy through the gears early on and he dived over for the opening score.
Two more tries were added soon after by John Stokes and Lee Davies, and that took the now league leaders into a 14-point lead. The hosts hit back though after strong work down the right hand side, their second-rower just managing to place the ball down.
The scoring was concluded for the first period with Sheridan grabbing his second and Ed Western darting over, effectively killing off that Flintshire score.
The visitors entered the break with a healthy 24-4 lead and it's not necessarily easy when facing a newly formed outfit, but they found the correct balance and game plan needed in the opening stages.
The Flintshire side were fired up for the second half, and proved that they shouldn't be doubted. Three early tries from fast flowing moves down the right flank reduced the deficit to just four points and stunned their opponents.
They had the momentum and their hunger for success appeared far greater than that of the Celts. The Falcons couldn't find that score needed to take the lead, and the men from the coast showed why they are in their current position with four tries to secure the win, leaving the Falcons with no reward for their efforts.
Sheridan completed his scoring for the afternoon with two breaks from deep, showing great strength and agility to make it to the line on both occasions. The other tries were added by Josh Ward and Mike Pearce.
Ward managed to touch down on the left flank despite several Falcon players attempting to get underneath and hold him up. Mike Pearce concluded the try scoring late on as he managed to reach out and ground the ball on the line.
The Falcons gained no points for their tremendous level of effort and determination, but in terms of pride, they certainly won. For a new club containing players who have never tried this sport before, the future looks delightful.
The pack were very successful in the second half, tackling was strong and they managed to break the line on several occasions, gaining good field position and opportunities as a result. In a few months time it is likely they'll be a real force in this competition if they continue as they are doing.
They have a good pool of players to work with too, around 25 attending training and some didn't even make the squad for this afternoon’s game.
However, the Celts weren't great by any means, but this fixture was far from simple. They now sit on top of the ladder and that accolade is deserved, showing a great deal of professionalism to oversee a determined Falcons fightback.
Teams and Scoring
|Flintshire Falcons RFC||Conwy Celts RFC|