Johnson long-range try helps Trojans beat Woolston

TWO long-range tries provided the foundation for Thornhill Trojans to come away with the victory as they defeated Woolston Rovers 20-6.

After a slow start, Thornhill produced some good rugby with the returning Joel Gibson instrumental in attack.

The half-back sold a wonderful dummy to open up the Woolston defence and ran through the gap to go over for an unconverted try.

Woolston lost the ball on Thornhill’s line, which allowed Ryan Fenton to sprint clear.

As the defenders moved in, the ball was passed to the supporting Mindaugas Bendikas, who raced away and went over the line to complete a great long-range try. Gibson converted.

The hosts came out for the second half on the attack as they pressed the Thornhill defence. The Trojans tried desperately to soak up the pressure but couldn’t stop winger Olly Parr, who went over for a try out wide. Will Chadwick converted.

Woolston continued to attack the Thornhill tryline but the defence stood firm.

After a tremendous amount of tackling on their own line, defence suddenly turned into attack. Adam Johnson took possession of the ball on his own line and broke clear down the wing. Johnson was unstoppable as he raced clear to score a length-of-the-field try.

The key moment of the game came on 55 minutes as Johnson again broke away from the half-way line and held off a series of Woolston defenders.

As it looked like the full-back had been stopped, he threw the ball into the path of the chasing Gibson who plucked the ball out of the air and went over for his second try of the game. Gibson converted again.

Forward Ben Kendall was sent to the sin-bin in the dying minutes  but the Trojans had already done enough to seal the win.

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