02/05/2021 (12s) - Portico Panthers 44 vs 14 - Westhoughton Lions
Having played our first game of the season last week, we were quietly optimistic about this fixture due to what we had seen previously.
Unfortunately once again we couldn't field a full team which meant again playing on a full sized pitch with only 10 men and no subs.
Straight from the kick off the lads looked up for it. Strong forward running and not afraid to spread the ball led to multiple tries within the first 10 minutes. With our defense holding firm and not having to withstand much penetration from the opposition, when West Houghton did get a chance to score, our defensive line stood strong on their own try line.
2nd half the lads pressured well turning over the ball, and through strong running from the likes of Tyler, Warren, William and Issac we carried on ticking the scoreboard over. To add to strength from the big lads was the quickness of mind and foot from Max, Kieron, Harvey, Ryan, Kian and especially Mckenzie who played exceptionally well the tries kept coming. West Houghton did manage a few counter attacks in the second half, but with the amount of ground our lads covered with no subs, it is to be expected later in the match.
Full time: Portico U12- 44 West Houghton U12 -14
Great result and looking forward to the Cup match next week. Bring it on!