BANN SECONDS 31 RANDALSTOWN 35
Bann Seconds slipped to second in the Kukri Conference Division Two as Randalstown inflicted their first league defeat of the season to leapfrog them at the top of the table.
The County Antrim side, coached by former Irish lock Gary Longwell, took advantage of an error strewn first half from Bann to score three early tries.
Bann’s only score of the opening period came via the set scrum as Randalstown struggled to cope with the power of front row James McCrum, Johnny Weir and Scott Cromie. A series of five metre scrums forced the visitors to repeatedly infringe, giving the referee no option but to award Bann a penalty try.
With his side trailing 21-7, coach Colin Bickerstaff delivered a halftime verbal rocket and received the desired reaction as Bann stormed back.
First Jason Gribbon took advantage of more scrum pressure to dart over from close range, with Macauley Little converting. Then a deft inside pass from Robin Thompson put Jordan McKibbin in for a try and Little’s conversion drew the scores level.
Andrew Jackson, excelling in the unfamiliar position of flanker, touched down for Bann’s bonus point try, but Randalstown responded with their fourth of the day making it 28-28 going into the last ten minutes.
When Randalstown were penalised for hands in the ruck, Little kept his nerve to land a 40 metre penalty and nudge Bann ahead.
But with two minutes left Randalstown broke from halfway to score under the posts and snatch the win.