Trojans maintain strong start to the season

THORNHILL TROJANS have extended their winning start to life in National Conference League Division Two with a dominant 32-10 win away at Blackbrook.

It was a slow start to proceedings with nothing between either side in the opening 20 minutes but the visitors made life difficult for themselves by failing to complete their sets.

But the away side did manage to score the opening try of the game thanks to good play from Danny Ratcliffe. Andrew Bates kicked the goal.

But the hosts hit back immediately and scored an unconverted try through Aaron Hewitt following a Thornhill knock-on.

George Stott scored to give the Trojans a comfortable lead shortly afterwards and Bates’ conversion made it 12-4 at the interval.

Thornhill were made to work hard for their win when Scott Auldson gave Blackbrook the start they wanted in the second period with a try under the posts. Jordan Darwin converted.

With just two points separating the sides the nerves were beginning to show and a desperate tackle on Lee Smith handed Thornhill a penalty which Bates converted.

This was followed by a breakaway try from Mindaugas Bendikas who gave his side a more commanding lead. Bates added the extras.

Liam Morley then capitalised on poor play from Blackbrook and passed to Bendikas who went over for his second try in quick succession.

And as Blackbrook pushed for a late consolation try Ratcliffe broke clear and passed inside to Scott Green who touched down.

Bates converted to wrap up Thornhill’s first away win in Division Two.

The Trojans play host to Salford City Roosters in their next fixture (April 2).

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