Rugby League: Shevington 36 - 16 Mayfield

Date published: 29 April 2019

Mayfield put up a great fight in Wigan on sat against the highly rated Shevington Sharks. The Rochdale side were first on the score sheet with only two minutes on the clock. A great kick on the last saw Tom Fitzgerald race round the defence and take the ball before crossing the line for the opening score, 0 - 4. 

Shevington were a big side with a massive pack and were always going to be a handful for the young Mayfield side but it took a high kick to break the solid Mayfield defence and Shevington pounced on the fumbled ball to score their first try which they converted, 6 - 4.

The  defences were definitely on top in the first half with both teams putting on a great show with Mark Biggins in particular standing out with some of his now trademark big hits. Biggins is playing some of the best rugby of his career this season giving 100% every game.

Conditions worsened in the second half with driving rain and wind. This dictated the play and the home side's big pack took control of the game with their stand off playing a great kicking game. Mayfield were really under the cosh and Shevington ran in five unanswered tries to take the score to 30 - 4.

Mayfield rallied in the last fifteen minutes pulling back two tries through John Foy and Wayne Bannister, both converted by Gleeson but Shevington had the final say as they squeezed over in the corner to make the final score 34 - 16.

In the end Mayfield were disappointed with the result; they made mistakes before half time that cost them dearly and that up to that point they were definitely in with a shout of winning this one. Aidy Gleeson got the coaches MOM award but Biggins must have pushed him close. There were also good showings from the returning Wayne Bannister and new signing Jack Holt.

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