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Burtonwood Bridge turn on the heat


MEDITERRANEAN temperatures brought a red hot display out of Burtonwood Bridge when they travelled to take on Chester Gladiators.
After only three minutes, centre Craig Holcroft scored his first try of the afternoon. There was no conversion but Bridge were up four points to nil.
It wasn’t too long  before Holcroft was doubling both his own personal try scoring account and that of the teams too.
Stand-off half Mike Rafferty joined in the fun to put Bridge 12-0 up and on the 20 minute mark Holcroft  completed a speedy hat trick and with Jos Woods converting his first of the afternoon Bridge now lead 18-0.
Tommy Beech blasted the Chester defenders to one side and slammed the ball down to score the next four, but unfortunately Beech then had to leave the field, as he badly injured his knee.
Next try came from and Woods’ conversion stretched the Bridge lead to 28-0.
Then just on half time, left winger Mikey Ryder broke through to add another which with Woods’ conversion made the score line Chester Gladiators 0 Burtonwood Bridge 34 at the break.
Chester opened their account in the second half with a converted try and cut Burtonwood’s lead to 34-6.
Chester now started to force themselves back into the game, and frustrated the Burtonwood attack up until the 55th minute when  full back Ross Young raced 60 metres to score under the posts to make Dan Hart,s conversion so much easier.
Holcroft came back again to score his fourth which Ross Young converted to make it 46-6 for Bridge.
Woods raced through for another try which, with the conversion made it 52-6.
Chester scored a deserved consolation try when their big loose forward, Benji Marsh, forced his way through some tired Burtonwood defending. The score was now 52-12.
The final word of the day went to winger Mikey Ryder was tripped behind the try line and the resulting penalty try was converted by Young made the final score Chester Gladiators 12 Burtonwood Bridge 58.


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