RANDALSTOWN 25 BANN SECONDS 36
A second win from three outings has lifted Bann Seconds into fourth place in the Kukri Conference Division Two.
Coach Colin Bickerstaff was delighted to see his young charges get due reward for the hard work put in on the training ground. “The attendances at training this season have been better than ever,” he commented. “And you can now see it really paying off. The lads put last week’s narrow Junior Cup defeat behind them and after an evenly fought first half against Randalstown really blew them away after the break.”
Bann went ahead after just five minutes, centre Jonny Little finishing off after a well-worked move which used the full width of the pitch. A Randalstown penalty had them up and running midway through the half but Little’s second try from close range, converted by Aaron Kennedy, extended the visitors’ lead.
The home scrum was causing problems for Bann and from a set piece under the posts Randalstown crossed for a 10-12 interval scoreline.
The sides exchanged tries at the start of the second half, Max Lyttle touching down for the visitors after the young lock had run a great line off a ruck. Macauley Little added the extras.
With some adjustment made up front the Bann scrum was now more than holding its own and in the final quarter the visitors ran in three more tries to claim the win with a bonus point.
Jason Gribbon ran in the fourth after Bann had won quality lineout ball and flanker Matthew Shirlow finished off a series of “pick and goes” by crashing over for the fifth.
And Gribbon rounded off a fine individual performance with a stunning break, exchanging passes with Kennedy before crossing for his second try of the afternoon.
“For the most part we were defensively well organised,” said Bickerstaff. “And once we had the scrummage problem sorted I thought the result was never in doubt. There’s still plenty of room for improvement but I’m pleased with the way the team is building week on week. Ballymoney will provide a sterner challenge next weekend but the lads will take great encouragement from this performance.”