Bank come out on top in tough encounter
West Bank showed touches of good form in encouraging display
Latchford Albion 28 v 40 Widnes West Bank
West Bank travelled to Warrington knowing that a win was desperately required to kick start a faltering beginning to the campaign.
It was the Albion that struck first however when a smart move cut the Bears defence to shreds. 4 nil to the home team.
The Bank hit back with aggressive defence regularly keeping their opponents to minimal yardage and with Shaun McWhirter and Matty Murphy directing their teammates to impressive effect West Bank hit back with three trys in quick succession.
Firstly a cut out pass from Jack Murphy created acres of space for Dean French to touch down. A long kick early in the tackle count from Matty Murphy allowed Kevin Gamble to pressure the defence into an error to score himself and then the busy Josh Simm was unstoppable from acting half back. Three conversions, two from the touchline, from Matty Murphy pushed the Bank out to an 18-4 lead and seemingly on the way to a big win.
Latchford, though, had some impressive performers themselves and a superb run from the 2nd row split the Bank defence to bring the half time score 18-10 for the visitors.
For the first ten minutes of the 2nd stanza West Bank hit the self-destruct button allowing Latchford to run riot and two quick trys saw Albion take the lead.
The travelling supporter’s nerves were soon settled however with Latchford unable to contain the determined running of Leighton Smith, Eddie McAdam and debutant Harry Cartwright.
Ryan Bates spun out of a tackle to lead the Bank fight back with the first score and then Jack Murphy found himself on the end of nice spread to cross in the corner.
Peter Clarke then smashed his way over to put the Bank well ahead and pushing to run rampant. However a stray pass was gobbled up on the Latchford line and the winger charged the full length despite a valiant effort from Gamble to chase him down.
The Bears had the last word when Matty Murphy touched down his own finely weighted chip to the line. Having converted all the previous scores he surprisingly missed the easiest of the lot. Shaun Blythin and Jamie Edge also impressed for the Bank.
New head coaches Lee Joyner and Simon Quinn had plenty to be enthused about as they plan for the remainder of the season.