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pspan style="color: #008000; font-size: 14pt;"strongspan style="font-family: helvetica;"span style="line-height: 115%;"Bone Chillingly Cold Day in Cheshire Oasis and Zero Return./spanspan style="line-height: 115%;"nbsp; /span/span/strong/span/p


p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: helvetica;"img style="margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="Nick Allsop" src="" alt="Nick-Allsop" width="109" height="122" /This entertaining, bruising encounter, played in a Cheshire oasis of green, was the only one to take place in the National League Three Midlands in an otherwise snow-ridden Midlands and North of England. nbsp;Bradwall Lane, however, was bone chillingly cold with a gale-force wind blowing end to end down the slope.nbsp; Street played up the hill into the gale first half and looked to have defended well enough to trail by only 13 points at the break, but a resolute strongSandbach RFC/strong defence denied their visitors a further point whilst registering one more unconverted try to take the match strong23 – 5/strong writesstrong Bob Harcourt/strong.nbsp; Street’s cause was not helped by the absence of kickers strongDan Richards/strongnbsp; and strongAndy Murray,/strong which meant turning down shots at goal and, more frustratingly restricting opportunities to use the considerable downhill wind.nbsp; Nevertheless, the game was quite evenly matched throughout with both sides sharing territory, possession and entertainment value. nbsp;Injury disruption, with forwards strongDan Staunton,/strong dislocating a finger, strongAllan Purchase/strong picking up a ‘stinger’ (and strongChris Zutic/strong in the bin), did not help the visitor’s composure but, on balance, Sandbach deserved the win./span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: helvetica;"From the start, ‘Street were forced onto the defensive as Sandbach kicked deep and after 3 minutes resolute defence, conceded a strongJack Leech/strong try wide out, excellently converted by strongBen Elliot. 7 – 0 /strongand 5 minutes later strongElliot/strong added a penalty following a 22 metre offside infringement. strong10 – 0.nbsp; /strongTime and again ‘Street worked their way up the hill but time and again they were kicked back down. Following a sustained period of pressure in ‘Street’s 22; producing some courageous defence by the boys in red, bulky Sandbach Club Captain strongWill Stockdale/strong, eventually bulldozered through a tackle to register a 5 pointer. strong15 – 0.nbsp; /strongExecutingnbsp; several promising sorties into the gale, ‘Street eventually got on the score board when a flowing, multi-handed sweep from halfway, gave scrum half strongNick Allsop/strong a 19thnbsp;minute try out wide, nbsp;strong15 – 5./strongnbsp; The second quarter saw ‘Street spend more time in the Sandbach half but the home side defence held fast and on a late- in- the- half attack into ‘Street territory, Elliot added a penalty, courtesy of the upright, to completenbsp; first half scoring. strongHalf Time: 18 – 5./strong/span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: helvetica;"Mostly having to run the ball, ‘Street could not afford to have possession turned over in their half. One such omission gave Sandbach their only further score when the ball was quickly moved wide left for strongAndy Rollins/strong to slip in at the corner after 10 minutes played. strong23 – 5/strong.nbsp; The remainder of the game saw both sides blast away at each other to no avail. Sandbach awarded ‘Street captain and stand in fly-half, strongNick Thatcher/strong, Visitor man-of-the-match along with the Home choice, number 7, strongJosh Longston./strong/span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 12pt;"strongspan style="line-height: 115%;"Team:/span/strongspan style="line-height: 115%;" Rust, Bicknell, Walsh, Otutaha, Gregson, Thatcher, Allsop, Warrilow, Wilkes, Tatlow, Tucker, Purchase, Staunton, Carney, Zutic. nbsp;strongReplacements:/strong Preece, Moorcroft, Dawes./span/span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"strongspan style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 14pt; color: #008000;"span style="line-height: 115%;"This was a strong away performance despite all too familiar changes this season, with admirable first appearances this year for students, Dan Staunton, Allan Purchase and former Sandbach member Nick Allsop, producing a very lively and creditable first start at scrum half./span/span/strong/p


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