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Lancaster Lynx 46
After last year’s league success, the Lancaster Lynx looked to begin their new campaign with a return to winning ways. Despite a tough test in prospect against Bangor, the home side failed to disappoint. Tries from Martin Sutton, Danny Myers, Adam Lacey, Nathan O’ Connor, Mike Gibson, Max Brown, Jon Foulds and Neil Kilgallon sealed victory for the home side in a game that always looked to be theirs for the taking.
Martin Sutton opened the scoring in the first five minutes of the game after a smart steal by Myers set him up for the try. Myers was rewarded with a try of his own shortly after when a dummy sent the defenders the wrong way and allowed him to sneak through to the line.
Adam Lacey added another for the home side before some poor missed tackles resulted in Bangor’s first try of the game to bring the score-line to a more modest 16-6.
Bangor’s fight back was short-lived however when a monster break by Myers worked its way into the arms of Nathan O’Connor who crossed over for Lancaster’s fourth try of the game shortly before half time. At the break, the score-line read 22-6 to the home side.
The home side were able to demonstrate their aggressive and far superior defence once more when a series of Bangor attacks near the Lynx try line came to nothing. This failure to capitalise on periods of pressure cost the away side dearly as Mike Gibson, Max Brown and Jon Foulds added further tries to increase the deficit.
A second Bangor try was not enough to revive the chances of the away side as Neil Kilgallon crossed over to hammer the final nail in Bangor’s coffin. Kicker Gaz Houghton stepped up to finalise what had been an almost perfect kicking completion rate of seven conversions out of a possible eight. The final whistle blew for a final score-line of Lancaster 46-10 Bangor.
Captain Max Brown had this to say after the game, ‘Overall I was very pleased with our performance; we showed some promising signs in attack and defence. Having only had one training session we were a bit rusty in areas but we laid a very promising platform for the rest of the season.’