Rogerson Homeserve Division 4 North
Garstang Blues 38
Rossendale 3rds 6
Garstang Blues put in a powerful display as they overcame Rossendale thirds at a windswept Hudson Park.
The Blues form in recent weeks has been excellent and they have only been beaten by the top two teams in the division by narrow margins.
Garstang got the perfect start when they scored the opening try in under a minute. Ainsley Pye charged down an attempted clearance kick, hacked the ball forward and then won the race to the line to ground the ball under the posts (7-0). With less than ten minutes played, the Blues doubled their lead, Pye scoring his second try (14-0).
A few minutes later Jolleys scored an outstanding individual try as he smashed through several attempted tackles and raced in (21-0).
Rossendale were struggling to get out of their own territory due to the strong wind which they were playing into but they were starting to get a foothold in the game. Their endeavour was rewarded when they earned a penalty under the posts which they converted (21-3).
Garstang were pegged back just after the break as Rossendale narrowed the gap to 21-6 with a penalty.
Then Garstang scored their fourth try following a crossfield kick into the corner by Duncan Lambert, and Charlie Thompson superbly picked it up off his toes and dived over to extend the lead (26-6).
Almost from the restart Garstang ended the game as a contest. Pye broke through a gap in midfield before giving an inside ball to Ian Walling who still had plenty to do from half way. However, he cut through and stepped the final man to go over under the posts for a try which was well deserved for his performance (33-6). It was Max Everest who sealed the scoring when he took a quick penalty broke through the tiring opposition defence to score Garstang’s sixth and final try.
Man of the match: Martin Hindle.