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pstrongspan style="font-size: 18pt; font-family: helvetica; color: #40c82d;"Longton eventually crack.nbsp;nbsp;/span/strong/p

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p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 12pt;"strongLongton RFC/strong, unpredictably languishing in the relegation zone, are a tough nut to crack, but crack they did as ‘Street piled on 22 points in the last quarter with only four points (11-15) the difference at the time, writes strongBob Harcourt/strong.nbsp; The match was wind dominated both by the elements and the whistle; and with a down-the-slope gale and breakdown offences adding to early handling errors, play was confined to a centre field stalemate and constant scrummaging for substantial periods of this encounter.nbsp; ‘Street’s forward pack; with strongCallum Tucker /strongandstrong Andy Solomon/strong exerting impressive power from lock, added to the front row domination of strongBen Dawes/strong,strong Stewart Pearl/strong and strongNeil Tatlow/strong over strongLongton/strong’s juggernaut outfit, saw the home forwards regularly pushed backwards but, strangely, with little reward from the official.strong/strong/span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"span style="margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; float: left; display: inline-table;" class="wf_caption"img src="" width="150" height="150" alt="Simon-Morris-2" /strongspan style="max-width: 150px; text-align: center; display: block;"Simon Morris/span/strong/spanstrong/strongStaffordshire outfitstrong, Longton/strong, playing with slope and wind advantage started strongly and pinned ‘Street back in their half through good ball retention and some powerful midfield runs. Unable to kick their way out of defence, the visitors had to employ forward power and good discipline in defence, with strongAlex/strong strongBeddows/strong,strong Beau Carney /strongand skipper strongSimon/strong strongMorris, /strongrevelling in the physicality to defend and gain territory, as strongLongton/strong attacked with some gusto.nbsp; Such forward play, involving good carrying by strongDawes/strong and strongPearl/strong to name but two, almost earned them a couple of scores in the second quarter, as play progressed on occasions to the Longton line. One mighty scrum saw Longton repelled over their goal line but the touch down was missed by the man-in-the middle, as he blew for a ‘Street penalty.nbsp; strongLee Chapman/strong kept ‘Street in touch with a first half hat-trick of penalties against one from Longton’s strongGrant Hallam/strong and an unconverted try at the left corner, for wing strongChris Tenucci, /strongfollowing a deft switch of direction making the score strong8 – 9/strong leading to the break.nbsp; ‘Street looked like scoring in the last play of the half when a left side break-away saw the last pass to winger strongAlex Smit/strong check his pace, allowing the last defender to bundle the tricky strongSmit/strong into touch short of the line./span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica;"span style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; float: right; display: inline-table;" class="wf_caption"img src="" width="150" height="150" alt="jordan-simpson-2" /strongspan style="max-width: 150px; text-align: center; display: block;"Jordan Simpson/span/strong/spanA dead-leg injury to ever present full back strongDanny Richards/strong saw ‘Street re-shuffle; the versatile strongBeau Carney/strong going to centre and the equally versatile, will o’ the wisp, strongJordan Simpson/strong, dropping to full back. Later, strongSam Bennett/strong came on for strongTatlow/strong at tight-head, and carried on the good scrummaging with an impressive shift of his own and; the long absent strongChris Zutic/strong took over for the last 15 minutes from grafter strongBeddows/strong in the back row.nbsp; strongChapman /strongand strongHallam/strong exchanged penalties in the opening minutes after resumption of play, strong(11-12)/strongnbsp; and shortly after, an ‘electric’ break by centre strongTodd Freemantle/strong; (Mrs Freemantle would have been proud!), took play into the hosts 22 where sustained pressure resulted in strongChapman/strong increasing ‘Street’s lead to strong11 – 15/strong at the end of the third quarter.nbsp; Longton, less able now to get their hands on the ball, saw them penalised and warned before their centre strongScott/strong strongRawlings /strongtook a team yellow for persistent offending in defence. strongChapman/strong landed the long range kick to push his side up to strong11 – 18 /strongand thereafter, ‘Street began to take control of play; with replacement back rower strongGareth Turner/strong making an impact, following his fight back from a long term injury, by going over for an unconverted try before the half hour; strong11-23/strong; followed 9 minutes later by strong and pacy wing strongTom Harris/strong, who, with a great turn of acceleration rounded the defence to make strongChapman’s/strong conversion a little easier. strongHallam/strong pulled three points back for the hosts after a high tackle penalty, before the ‘dancing feet’ of scrum half strongWill Owen/strong saw him dot down by the right hand flag; converted magnificently from the side line, by strongChapman/strong, strong14-37.nbsp; /strongLate pressure by the visitors promised a fourth bonus point try but play eventually came to an end with ‘Street pressing deep in Longton territory./span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-family: helvetica; font-size: 12pt;"strongTeam:/strong Dawes, Pearl, Tatlow, Tucker, Solomon A, Beddows, Morris, Carney, Owen, Chapman, Smit, Freemantle, Simpson, Harris, Richards. strongReps:/strong Bennett, Turner, Zutic. /span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #40c82d;"strongspan style="font-family: helvetica;"This display answered last week’s challenge: of being able to win ‘on the road’ and carried on the patient and disciplined play exhibited in last week’s emphatic defeat of Hinckley RFC.nbsp;/span/strong/span/p

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