Colne and Nelson picked up their fourth successive win at home to Old Bedians on Saturday.
With the All Blacks looking strong on their current run, which includes a victory over leaders Manchester Medics, the game looked set to be a very good one.
Once again Colne started strongly with some excellent mauling from the forwards and good strength and control. Some excellent defence had both teams working hard for possession, but with some excellent runs from Callum Kinnane and Nathan Singleton, and good continuity from the Colne pack, the locals got the ball back down the park where Adam Padgett broke the visitors’ defensive line to touch down for the first points of the game and his first try of the season.
Unfortunately with all the success then came the sorrow as referee decided that Howard Wick deserved 10 minutes in the sin bin for hands in at the ruck, so Colne sat back and absorbed the pressure until half-time.
The second half started in high spirits despite the man down, and Colne’s scrum once again proved solid as they won possession, and with two great dummy moves Kinnane casually placed the ball over the line for the second try, which was converted by Matty Tindall from the edge of the field.
This was to be the last of the easy points though as Old Bedians showed excellent spirit as they ran themselves back into the game with good supportive play and a good performance from their number nine.
Despite the dominant lineouts, with the combination of Alex Woods’ accuracy and Luke Edwards reaching nearly every ball, the visitors managed to claw back two tries bringing the score to 12-12. Both teams clashed hard, with Colne making some superb tackles, and as the ball was cleared from their 22, Tindall managed to chase the ball down and sprint the length of the pitch to score a try and successfully convert to make it 19-12. With three minutes to go the Manchester outfit put another try across the line, but with Colne holding their breaths, fate smiled on them as the ball sailed under the posts and resulted in the final score of 19-17.
With a break in the league now, the locals are training and ready to face Newton Le Willows away next weekend where they hope to continue this run of form.