Birstall blown away by Bentley

Birstall blown away by Bentley

WITH SEVERAL key players unavailable due to injury, Birstall were blown away by Bentley in a crushing 48-18 defeat.

Bentley started the stronger, as Birstall were made to pay for their basic errors, gifting the away side a 38-0 half-time lead.

Birstall returned for the second half a much-improved side, as their defensive line was led superbly by debutant Gavin Davis.

Davis’ work rate lifted the Birstall confidence and allowed half-backs Brenden Sheridan and Callum Tolson to start attacking.

Victoria’s second-half tries started with Sheridan’s excellent kick which allowed hooker John Stainburn to score.

Full-back Braden Hunter’s quick 20-metre tap saw him race away to score, and Birstall’s final try of the game was added by winger Ashley Tomlinson, finishing off a pass from Sheridan.

Man of the match went to Davis, who topped the tackle count, but debutant Sam Carroll playing at prop also stood out, coming off the bench in the second half.

Birstall Victoria travel to Hull Wyke tomorrow (Sat May 16).

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