Hargreaves has kicking boots on as All Blacks win

Colne and Nelson (s)
Colne and Nelson (s)

With the pitch at Holt House deemed fit to play, Colne assembled a strong squad to face Garstang and ran out 17-10 winners.

Neither team could break the deadlock until powerful runs from the centres created an opportunity for quick ball, only for an infringement in ruck to halt proceedings.

Jim Hargreaves stepped up to slot home the penalty.

The referee’s interpretation of the breakdown was frustrating both sides, but one instance allowed the away side to level the scores with a penalty on the half hour mark.

From the resulting kick-off , pressure from Edwards and Minshull caused the Garstang player to knock on and kick the ball forward. Off-side called, Hargreaves duly converted, 6-3 to Colne.

And it was 11-3 at half-time as Whittaker fed young winger Cardwell, who crashed through the cover defence and dotted the ball down. The conversion from the bye-line fell just short.

In the second half, a slip from a Colne defender allowed the Garstang substitute centre to break the line and work his way over the whitewash, conversion good.

With 10 minutes to go, Colne camped on the Garstang 22, Garstang had hands in the ruck and a penalty was awarded in front of the uprights. Hargreaves dissected the uprights, putting breathing space between the sides.

And Hargreaves put the game to bed with his fourth penalty of the afternoon.

Colne seconds took a depleted side to Grasshoppers, and, a man down, were on the end of a 27-12 defeat. There were tries for Grant and Grindrod. Frankland added a conversion.

Next up for the All Blacks is a trip to Lancashire Police HQ to face Hutton. The seconds entertain Grasshoppers in the return fixture.

Training is Mondays at Holt House and Thursday at Nelson and Colne College at 7 p.m. Ring Jamie on 07494 543149 for more information.