Gibson treble secures winning summer return

Gibson treble secures winning summer return

THORNHILL TROJANS marked their return to the National Conference League with a comfortable victory over Crosfields. 

Thornhill punished Crosfields from the start of the game when the Warrington team knocked on from the kick-off.

The Trojans pressed from the scrum and Joel Gibson sent out a perfect pass which found winger Mindaugas Bendikas, who went over for an unconverted score early on.

It was only minutes later when Gibson combined with Danny Ratliffe to carve Crosfields wide open down the middle of the park to put the supporting Jake Wilson over for a try.

A high kick from Danny Ratcliffe on the last tackle bounced perfectly for him to collect and race away for the third try of the game.

On the next attack Bendikas broke clear and raced away down the wing before passing in field for the supporting Gibson to go over for another Thornhill try.

Gibson converted his own try and with the game only 16 minutes old the Trojans were 22-0 in front.

A dummy exposed the Trojans’ defence close to their own try line and Jack Reid went over for the visitors’ opening try.

However, this score was soon cancelled out when Danny Ratcliffe broke clear and put Gibson over for his second try.

Joss Ratcliffe was sent to the sin-bin for applying undue pressure on an opponent’s neck.

Crosfields made good use of their extra man advantage as Luke Jones went over for a try which Reid converted.

Matt Barber dived over for a try to the side of the posts and Reid converted.

Thornhill came out for the second half restored to 13 players and looked to wrap the game up.

This they did almost straight away when Danny Ratcliffe chipped the ball forward to score an unconverted try.

Liam Morley then showed creativity to break clear and put Gibson diving over for a try to complete his hat-trick. Gibson converted.

A drop-goal from Gibson effectively sealed a fantastic victory.

The last talking point of the game unfortunately proved to be the dismissal of Richard Bostock for an unnecessary head butt.

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