THE scoreline may suggest a hard-luck story from Northwich, but only so far as Anselmians are among the sides they ought to beat handsomely.
The club are wondering whether they need to adjust their tactics to favour a more forward dominated game, although they are registering two new backs this week.
Gary Evans rejoined the back row following a six-week lay off with a collar bone problem and he helped Northwich get an early upper hand possession-wise. Again they failed to turn their edge into points and Anselmians took the lead through a try and penalty.
Northwich's forwards forced their way back into contention and in one of the few moves to sweep along the three-quarters they scored, the pacey Dave Ashley carrying the ball over.
The home stand-off increased the lead when he kicked ahead and the ball came back off a post into his arms. The try was converted, but Northwich rallied through Mike Gallimore, who kicked a penalty try. Jan Cart-man was sin-binned for collapsing a scrum and Northwich conceded a try in his absence. Domonic Shaw led the counter and Gallimore converted, but the points came too late to help.
Northwich 3rds beat Warrington 3rds 56-0 (Taffy James 2, Brian Williams 2, John Gardney 2, Curtis Whitby, Tim Pickering, Phil Morris, Ian Dale tries; Pete Davies 3 cons). Northwich U16s lost to Sedge-field 44-12 (Adam Thomas 2 tries).
The minis joined a triangular tournament: U12s drew 7-7 with Manchester, beat Leigh 22-7. U11s lost 21-0 to Manchester and 14-7 to Leigh. U10s beat Manchester 6-0 and Leigh 2-0. U9s beat Manchester 5-3 and lost to Leigh 3-1; U7s & 8s were both unlucky not to come home without a win. NORTHWICH have attracted backers for their juniors. Telescaff are sponsoring the Under 8s while Packaging On Line are backing the U13s.
Interested players aged from 7 to 18 of both sexes can contact coach Sam Naylor on 01606 871547. Ex-players who would like to coach can contact Simon Bridle on 01606 88197.