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Your News Leigh 50 - Didsbury Toc H 19

Didsbury gave a good account of themselves on Saturday, losing 50 19 away to Leigh in the Lancashire Trophy.

Leigh play in the league above Didsbury and have won the Lancashire Trophy for the last two years, so it was an unenviable task facing Toc H. Didsbury travelled with a fairly strong squad and gave a debut to young winger Iain Bailey. The signs were ominous as Leigh scored a converted try within the opening minutes, but Didsbury did not buckle and struck back almost immediately. A dropped pass was kicked forward by debutant Bailey, who raced onto the loose ball to touchdown for a try, perhaps the fastest debut try in Didsbury history. Davies added the conversion to level the scores at 7 7. Leigh were clearly playing to their strengths and spread the ball wide as quickly as possible, but in the tight exchanges Didsbury competed well and it would appear had the upper hand in a number of instances. Despite working hard in defence Leigh managed a further 4 tries in the first half, but Didsburys coaches will be pleased with Tocs second try just before half-time. A Didsbury lineout in Leighs 22 was thrown to Andy Lynn and a good catch and drive saw the pack drive over the line. Hooker Mike Hyde grounded the ball and rightfully claimed the try, but the effort of his fellow forwards was unstoppable.

Didsbury managed to keep the second half tighter and spent long periods deep in Leigh territory. Leigh did manage a further three tries, but the try of the game was scored by Didsbury just before the final whistle. Having been awarded a 5-metre attacking scrum Didsbury pushed hard and forced their opponents to back pedal. The ball was spread wide and after several phases fly-half Quigley pit in an astute kick behind the defence. Flanker Dave Foster was the quickest to react and pounced on the ball to score. Davies added the extra points for the conversion, making the final score 50 19.

Didsbury will take great heart from their performance, against a very strong Leigh outfit. The fitness of Didsburys players was good and the sprit showed should go a long way to securing a midtable finish in the league. Next Saturday Didsbury visit Cumbria to face Wigton in the league.

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