Colne and Nelson 10, BAe Warton 7

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Colne and Nelson......10

BAe Warton.................7

The All Blacks entertained table topping BAe Warton at Holt House on Saturday and came out on top in a close-fought encounter.

Luckily for Colne, they had their students back from university for the Christmas holidays which enabled them to field a quality side against a very strong outfit. From the start, captain Tony Howarth’s men showed promise, and breaks from stalwarts Paul Taylforth and Ben Williamson had Warton on the back foot, and only excellent defence kept the locals out.

Most of the game was played on the halfway line, with both teams endeavouring to get the upper hand. Warton’s stand off began to find his kicking range, and from such a kick, the visitors scrambled over to take the lead.

The linesman gave a dubious conversion, giving Warton a 7-0 lead.

Just before half -time, a piece of magic from Calumn Kinnane put Adam Padgett in space and he sprinted 40 metres to touchdown for a half-time score of 7-5.

Colne made changes at half-time, bringing on Connor Kinnane, Nathan Taylforth, Max Pratt and veteran Phil Holden, giving them renewed energy, and for long periods in the second half, the locals were the better side.

But they were unable to turn pressure into points as the final pass went astray. With Warton sensing victory, and only two minutes to go, the locals were given a five metre scrum which resulted in Paul Taylforth bouncing over, giving Colne a well-earned victory.

With John Tindall back in training, things look good for Tony Howarth’s men in 2012.