Club app icon

Pitchero Club

The official Anselmians RUFC app

View

2nd XV "Crusaders” - Match centre

Anselmians 2nd XV
Manchester Village Spartans RFC
C McIvor (2), M Thornton, S Hastewell, A Smith
Tries
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
G Rogers (2)
Conversions
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
G Rogers
Penalties
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - Halbro North West Leagues - Division 3 South Full time

Ducks 32 - Spartans 31

By

Same score, different team.

This week saw Anselmians host Manchester Village Spartans at Rivacre Road in the return fixture of a game that saw a top quality performance from the Ducks earlier in the season. This game however would see a much different Ducks side take the field with The Mavericks supplying several players to the second team.
The game began with Anselmians on the front foot, and it was obvious those players that had stepped up had brought some of the Maverick gusto and magic to the game with them. Some strong running lines from Joe Thomas and Matt Thornton, supported by Kellum FRIDAY and Sean Hastewell saw the Ducks marching up field. A top quality last man tackle from Sam Cotgrave showed his fight in one-on-one siutations, strong ball carrying and tackling from Harrison Child and Duncan Hendry, and a vibrant, lively display from our two big men up top Chris McGowan and Joe Van Eker ( the later lucky to stay on the field after possibly the latest hit that has ever been left on a 10 by 19st prop running full bore with no arms, smiling as he did it. Why you ask, “The midget 10 was pissing me off thinking he was Sexton, so I f**cking nailed him”). Quick ball from the base, with Harry Southern saw the backs allowed space outwide, and after some great work by the forwards and backs, with some great hands, Christian McIvor finished fantastically from 30 yards turning Village Spartan defenders inside out. Minutes later another push into the Spartans half from the Ducks saw Sean Hastewell go close and supply a final pass to Matt Thornton, who for all sense and purposes had a fantastic game carrying and tackling superbly, who went over near the post. Then Spartans sprang into life with some fantastic running rugby and counter-attacking with maybe Anselmians pushing a bit too hard forcing one too many passes at times. Spartans scored 3 unanswered tries in the next 20 mins to put themselves 14-17 up at half time.
Considering the way in which their opposition had played Ducks were buoyant at the turn of the half after keeping in touch with their opposition.
The second half began though with Spartans on the instant attack nd going over under the poststo allow them to go 10 points ahead. Maybe Anselmians had been caught cold, maybe Anselmians were tired from their performance in the first half, whatever the answer this was not the ideal start. After gathering thoughts, some calming words and some pats on the back Anselmians slowly but surely built their way back into the game, once against the forwards carried strongly pushing the team further and further up field, marshalled by Harry and Gordon Rogers at 10. Then unsurprisingly to the watching faithful they went over for 3 unanswered scores. Firstly Sean Hastewell, with a well-deserved try after an effervescent performance which saw him put in time all over the park. The second a good finish from Andy Smith, who put in some hard yards and showed some good handling. The last, a top quality finish again from Christian McIvor, who’s strong running and tough defence saw him bag two tries, this one an out-stretched finish with players surrounding him. 29-24 to the Ducks, the Spartans showing nothing and the game is over. Or so we thought! Spartans from nowhere begin to spring back into life and with some good set plays, quick set pieces and some good handling, their full back crossed under the posts with 3mins left on the clock for a converted try and put the Ducks 29-31 behind, deja vu. Only the previous week had a similar scoreline, a similar situation however this time a different goal kicker. Ducks marched back towards the Spartans line and some herculean offense ensured that Spartans infringed 20 metres out, up to the plate steps Gordon. He will probably in 5 years’ time say it was from 50, maybe even 55 metres, the wind blowing a steady 40mph from right to left (it was rather still at this point) and he didn’t have his normal kicking tee (a pure kickers excuse) but up he stepped and slotted home the winning score to ensure that the Ducks stayed in the title race.
The Ducks would like to thank the Mavericks for supplying players this week and hurting their own chances in their own game. They have always supported us fully in situations like this and the clubman attitude of all of the 3’s players is known by the club throughout.

Joe Thomas

Player of the Match

Joe Thomas

Key moments

5:00
Try Christian McIvor scores for Anselmians 2nd XV
6:00
Conversion Gordon Rogers kicks a conversion for Anselmians 2nd XV
10:00
Try Matt Thornton scores for Anselmians 2nd XV
11:00
Conversion Gordon Rogers kicks a conversion for Anselmians 2nd XV
18:00
Try Try for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
20:00
Try Try for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
21:00
Conversion Conversion for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
38:00
Try Try for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
39:00
Conversion Conversion for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
41:00
Try Try for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
43:00
Try Sean Hastewell scores for Anselmians 2nd XV
57:00
Try Andy Smith scores for Anselmians 2nd XV
62:00
Try Christian McIvor scores for Anselmians 2nd XV
70:00
Try Try for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
71:00
Conversion Conversion for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
77:00
Penalty Gordon Rogers kicks a penalty for Anselmians 2nd XV

Highlights

View 0 new events
80:00 Player of the Match
Joe Thomas is awarded player of the match for Anselmians 2nd XV
77:00 Penalty 32 - 31
Gordon Rogers kicks a penalty for Anselmians 2nd XV
71:00 Conversion 29 - 31
Conversion for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
70:00 Try 29 - 29
Try for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
62:00 Try 29 - 24
Christian McIvor scores for Anselmians 2nd XV
57:00 Try 24 - 24
Andy Smith scores for Anselmians 2nd XV
43:00 Try 19 - 24
Sean Hastewell scores for Anselmians 2nd XV
41:00 Try 14 - 24
Try for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
40:00 Sub On
Graham Keen is substituted on for Anselmians 2nd XV
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 14 - 19
Conversion for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
38:00 Try 14 - 17
Try for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
21:00 Conversion 14 - 12
Conversion for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
20:00 Try 14 - 10
Try for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
18:00 Try 14 - 5
Try for Manchester Village Spartans RFC
11:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Gordon Rogers kicks a conversion for Anselmians 2nd XV
10:00 Try 12 - 0
Matt Thornton scores for Anselmians 2nd XV
6:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Gordon Rogers kicks a conversion for Anselmians 2nd XV
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Christian McIvor scores for Anselmians 2nd XV
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Anselmians 2nd XV
  • Manchester Village Spartans RFC
  • 0
  • Christian McIvor Try 5:00'
  • Gordon Rogers Conversion 6:00'
  • Matt Thornton Try 10:00'
  • Gordon Rogers Conversion 11:00'
  • Try 18:00'
  • Try 20:00'
  • Conversion 21:00'
  • Try 38:00'
  • Conversion 39:00'
  • Graham Keen Sub On 40:00'
  • Try 41:00'
  • Sean Hastewell Try 43:00'
  • Andy Smith Try 57:00'
  • Christian McIvor Try 62:00'
  • Try 70:00'
  • Conversion 71:00'
  • Gordon Rogers Penalty 77:00'

Team selection

Only authorised club members can view team selection.

League round up

Other Division 3 South results

Lymm Eagles (3rd XV)
27
12
Glossop 3rd XV
19
56

Comments

Loading comments

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Anselmians 2nd XV 22 77
2. Manchester 2nd XV 22 76
3. Moore 22 74
4. Lymm Eagles (3rd XV) 22 65
5. Knutsford 22 57
6. Sefton 2nd XV 22 57
7. Carrington 22 56

Team sponsor

Affiliations

Club sponsors