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Pilkington Recs 38 Leigh East 16
11:10am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
RECS foray in to the North West Counties Winter League got off to a winning start.
Despite a mixture of last year’s under 18s team and open age player, the team did not take long to gel and opened the scoring when Chris Smith forced a knock-on with Andy Knapper picking up the scraps and feeding young half-back Rob Marsh to race in from 30 metres out with five minutes on the clock.
Minutes later a floating pass out wide by Kyran Knapper found teenage winger Nathan Filson who touched down in the right corner.
With strong running from the likes of captain, Dave Mason and the returning Smith it wasn't long before the Leythers defence was breached again following a deft inside ball from Ryan Liptrot to Kyran Knapper who showed electric pace rounding the full back to score beneath the posts. Knapper converting his own try.
With Recs seemingly in control, Easts started to assert their own pressure and were rewarded with a converted try on the half-hour following some strong build up play down the left wing.
However, a quick fire brace from left wing-man Adam Jones, the first following good work by Marsh and Andy Knapper, and the second coming from a fine blind side play started by Jack Leyland, gave Recs a comfortable half-time advantage.
Recs looked to finish the game early in the second period and after a wasted chance when Az Dancers pass went to ground, Smith capped off a fine display, scooping a Mark Briody pass from round his ankles to break the line and wrong foot the full-back on his way to the line. Knapper converted.
Two Easts tries, separated by Kyran Knapper’s converted second looked to have completed the scoring.
However, with a minute left on the clock, Liam Manley scored his first try for the club after finishing an Andy Knapper break, much to the delight of the home spectators.
The Man of the Match award went to industrious hooker, Josh Lynch who was pushed close by Mark Briody.
Recs entertain Ince Rose Bridge on Saturday at Ruskin Drive.
Eccleston Vikings secured their first away win of the season against Higginshaw.