Pat’s gain revenge for cup humiliation

Rugby ball in motion over grass
Rugby ball in motion over grass

IT was almost predictable that St Pat’s would bounce back from their Challenge Cup humiliation at the hands of Leigh Miners with a revenge 24-14 away victory over the same opponents in the league.

Such is the importance of motivation.

Nevertheless, Miners began as they left off with some early pressure and a fourth minute try by Danny Jackson.

St Pat’s were not helped by the 15th minute sin-binning of Jon Chamberlain, and a try by winger Andrew Groves off an overlap quickly followed.

St Pat’s struck back 10 minutes later when John McCoy scored following a kick by Brad Smith which was kicked on by Jayden Sandford. Brad Smith converted.

On 35 minutes Anthony Griffiths gave St Pat’s the lead when he went solo from acting half back, Brad Smith adding the goal.

Miners clawed back the lead just before the break when Lee Gittins took advantage of a lost ball and Jonny Youds converted.

In the 53rd minute the visitors scored a very stylish try when Andy Higham broke away in his own half and Ryan Smith provided the link before Brad Hargreaves outpaced the cover in his sprint for the line. Smith’s goal put St Pat’s 18-14 in front.

Ten minutes later a display of strength by Tony Suffolk overpowered his tacklers in a drive for the line. Smith converted to complete the scoring.

This win puts St Pat’s in a play-off position just ahead of Egremont, where the Ince outfit are the visitors on Saturday in a key fixture, kick-off 2.30 pm. In the North West Men’s League Division One, Leigh East A’s home game to Folly Lane went down as a 24-0 defeat.

Spring View travelled to Bold Miners and went down 24-10, hampering their assault on top spot.

In Division Four, there was a derby fixture on Sunday and it was a closely-fought contest between Orrell St James and Ashton Bears A who played out a 12-12 draw. The draw keeps Orrell on top with Ashton in fifth.