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Albion come out second best in physical encounter


LATCHFORD came out second best in a physical encounter at in-form Haresfinch which ended 20-12 in the host’s favour.
The game was a battle of attrition in challenging conditions, where strong defensive displays dominated the game.
It was not until the 25th minute that the deadlock was broken as both sides matched each other set for set. But it was the hosts who took the lead.
Albion felt there was a knock-on in the build-up play, but the protests were waved away and Haresfinch crossed out in the corner.
Within five minutes the lead was extended to 10 points when the hosts scored a second try close to the Albion posts, which was duly converted.
With the half coming to a close, Albion hauled themselves back into the game when, scrum half Matty Ellis, put a clever kick in which the hosts could not deal with, and Ellis was the first to react and ground the loose ball. Matt Barker added the conversion and at half-time the game was finely poised with Haresfinch holding a 10 – 6 advantage.
The hosts took control in the opening stages of the second half, registering two quick fire tries in the opening 10 minutes of the half to give the visitors an uphill task in the game.
At this stage, Albion could easily have collapsed, but they showed resolve and reduced the deficit on
65 minutes.
This time Eliis turned provider when his short ball was collected by second row Adam Wood who ran a great line to cross next to the posts. Again Barker added the extras.
Despite enjoying good field position, Albion could not break down a resolute Haresfinch defence and the hosts held out for the important victory.
This Wednesday, Latchford face the task of travelling to National Conference side Crosfields in the Warrington Cup semi final.


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