24th May 2013, 18:01
FALCONS TAME PANTHERS IN GREAT MATCH
ALL THE ACTION FROM RHYL AND PRESTATYN PANTHERS V FLINTSHIRE FALCONS
RHYL AND PRESTATYN PANTHERS 12 FLINTSHIRE FALCONS 38
A wind swept Thursday night saw the titanic clash of last year's grand finalists Rhyl and Prestatyn Panthers come up against a well drilled and well disciplined Flintshire Falcons side.
The Falcons got off to a quick start after back-to-back penalties for infringement at the play off the ball and went close on two occasions but were held out by a resilient Panthers defence.
The Panthers indiscipline was soon to cost them as three penalties back-to-back gave the Falcons possession in the opposition 20 metres. Falcons moved the ball left to right and eventually found an opening at marker when Billy Forrester barged his way over from dummy half.
The Falcons were soon to add to this lead as they made a brook through their talented scrum half. The Panthers caught him but on the next play they swung it out left for winger Sean Williams to score in the corner, the try wasn't converted and Falcons found themselves in an 8-0 lead.
Panthers started to settle down and assert some pressure on the Falcons line but dropped one with the try line begging after nice work from Ben Syme and Tom Seddon. The Panthers were soon to get on the board after consecutive penalties put Panthers on the Falcons try line, Anthony Tilley took the ball from dummy half and barged his way over for the first try of the game.
The game was end to end and both teams floundered chances to score as half time was approaching but then Falcons received a penalty and kicked for touch. Tapping on the Panthers 20m line, they worked it right, then left and some neat play seen Jack Coleclough go in to give Falcons a 12-4 lead at half time.
HALF TIME: PANTHERS 4-12 FALCONS
The Panthers came out in the second half all guns blazing and looked to get themselves back in the game. They forced there hand from a scrum and dropped the ball and Falcons had resisted their pressure. From that set the Falcons went up the other end scored a vital try next to the posts through Simon Howells and was converted to give themselves a commanding 18-4 lead.
Panthers worked hard to get themselves back in to the game but were dogged by mistakes, Kriss Wilkes making a break and was nearly clean through but failed to keep hold of the ball. Wilkes atoned for his error five minutes later scoring a wonderful try, outpacing the Falcons defence to score in the corner, it was now 18-8 to the Falcons.
However, the Falcons were determined to come away with a win after defeat to Champions, Conwy Celts in the last round. The falcons hit back with a well worked try through star player, Jono Reid, breaking the line and stepping the last defender to score, the try was converted and they also received a penalty in front of the sticks for a stray leg as Jono scored. He converted that and made the score 26-8 in the Falcons favour.
The Falcons then took advantage of some tired Panthers defence through the middle and scored two back to back tries through Mitch James and Ryan Beck, both were converted to build a solid 38-8 advantage with five minutes left on the clock.
The Panthers would have the final say after some lovely interchange of passes wide left resulting in Kriss Wilkes sprinting away 60m to score in the corner.
It was a wonderful game played in great spirits and both teams knew they had been in a tough, physical encounter.