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Crewe & Nantwich
Spartans (Midlands)
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Tries
M Foulds, A Garbett, M Southam
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Conversions
T Hardy
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Penalties
Sat 24 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North) Full time

Crewe & Nantwich 27, Spartans 17.

Crewe & Nantwich 27, Spartans 17.

Spartans made the long journey north to Crewe and with their hosts combined to produce a cracking game of rugby that was in the balance from start to finish.

For once, Spartans made a good start and stunned the home support with a well worked try that started up front with the forwards and was well finished wide on the right by the backs. Keeping the ball well for a while allowed the visitors to make further dents in the home defence, and a surge from the black forwards saw a second try, this time wide on the left for a ten point lead. The home side soon woke up and applied pressure of their own to force a penalty, and having got on the scoreboard they were on the front foot. A strong winger skipped two tackles to get in at the corner, and it was game on. The game proved a very lively affair with both sides trying to move the ball around in a similar fashion, but for a while neither side were able to score. Playing a penalty advantage, Spartans thought they were through but the 'ref turned it around and Crewe raced up the right for a try and a three point half time lead.

The second half saw Crewe start the better, and some good combined play between forwards and backs saw the home side extend their lead to ten points with a carbon copy of Spartans' first try, but with an excellent touchline conversion. Both sides still went at each other in all aspects of the game and a very exciting, even contest moved from end to end of the field. With ten minutes left the Men In Black scored a try of stunning beauty as the forwards kept the ball until releasing the backs who raced in to score, and copying his opponent Tom Hardy added the extras from the touchline to get back within three points. A nervous few minutes followed as Spartans sensed a chance, but a whippet of a scrum half gained vital ground for Crewe before being bundled into touch. A mistake at the last lineout saw an overthrow by the visitors and an excellent Crewe centre pounced on the ball for the last score, and there was no time left for Spartans to give any more.

Both sides should be congratulated for a hugely entertaining game which was an excellent advert for rugby at this level.

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Key moments

10:00
Try Mike Foulds scores for Spartans (Midlands)
20:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Crewe & Nantwich
25:00
Try Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
30:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Crewe & Nantwich
35:00
Try Try for Crewe & Nantwich
36:00
Conversion Conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
65:00
Try Try for Crewe & Nantwich
66:00
Conversion Conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
72:00
Try Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
73:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
78:00
Try Try for Crewe & Nantwich
79:00
Conversion Conversion for Crewe & Nantwich

Highlights

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79:00 Conversion 27 - 17
Conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
78:00 Try 25 - 17
Try for Crewe & Nantwich
73:00 Conversion 20 - 17
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
72:00 Try 20 - 15
Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
66:00 Conversion 20 - 10
Conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
65:00 Sub On
Tom Wayne is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
65:00 Try 18 - 10
Try for Crewe & Nantwich
60:00 Sub On
Mark Baines is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
50:00 Sub On
Spencer Kite is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 13 - 10
Conversion for Crewe & Nantwich
35:00 Try 11 - 10
Try for Crewe & Nantwich
30:00 Penalty 6 - 10
Penalty kicked for Crewe & Nantwich
26:00 Missed Conversion
Thomas Hardy misses a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
25:00 Try 3 - 10
Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
20:00 Penalty 3 - 5
Penalty kicked for Crewe & Nantwich
11:00 Missed Conversion
Thomas Hardy misses a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Mike Foulds scores for Spartans (Midlands)
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As it happened

  • Crewe & Nantwich
  • Spartans (Midlands)
  • 0
  • Mike Foulds Try 10:00'
  • Penalty 20:00'
  • Alex Garbett Try 25:00'
  • Penalty 30:00'
  • Try 35:00'
  • Conversion 36:00'
  • Spencer Kite Sub On 50:00'
  • Mark Baines Sub On 60:00'
  • Tom Wayne Sub On 65:00'
  • Try 65:00'
  • Conversion 66:00'
  • Matt Southam Try 72:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 73:00'
  • Try 78:00'
  • Conversion 79:00'

Team selection

Garbett, Alex Garbett, Alex
Southam, Matt Southam, Matt
Bushell, Andy Bushell, Andy
Friend, Sam Friend, Sam
Garbett, Brett Garbett, Brett
Hardy, Thomas Hardy, Thomas
Greenhalgh , Richard Greenhalgh , Richard
Foulds, Mike Foulds, Mike
Sanders, Will Sanders, Will
Lambert, Ed Lambert, Ed
Owen, Jamie Owen, Jamie
Bennett, Andrew Bennett, Andrew
Bench, Chris Bench, Chris
Morphet, Dominic Morphet, Dominic
Devine, Ryan Devine, Ryan

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitchurch 21 98
2. Crewe & Nantwich 22 80
3. Leek 21 69
4. Spartans (Midlands) 22 66
5. Ludlow 22 62
6. Veseyans 22 57
7. Walsall 22 53

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