BANN THIRDS 54. ENNISKILLEN SECONDS 0
Bann Thirds recorded the second successive bonus point win of their Provincial League Two campaign, overwhelming visitors Enniskillen with an eight try salvo.
Strong runs from centre Willie Taylor and hooker Adam Cromwell put the home side in a strong attacking position and a beautifully floated pass from out-half Robin Thompson allowed winger Keir Patterson to score in the corner, with Thompson adding a fine conversion.
With a dominant home scrum providing quality ball, a planned move saw Thompson link with Patterson who carved open the visitors’ defence for his second try, Thompson again adding the extras. And it was that man Patterson again on the half hour, taking Paul Ross’s great off-load to register his hat-trick.
Thompson converted and was again on target after strong carries from James McCrum and the Magowan brothers, Mark and Scott, allowed Ross to burrow in for the fourth try, leaving Bann 28-0 up at the interval.
The traffic continued to flow the same way after the break, Scott Magowan charging down an attempted clearance kick to cross for the fifth try.
When Enniskillen broke the siege to enjoy some time in home territory, Thompson’s and Taylor’s good work at the ruck won turnover ball from which Patterson raced 80 metres to touch down under the ‘Skins’ posts.
Powerful set piece scrummaging drove the visitors’ eight back 15 metres and No 8 Ross picked up and dived over. Then replacement winger Alex Shannon broke through to race 60 metres and touch down, with Thompson’s seventh conversion from eight attempts rounding off the scoring.
This success was built on the base of a dominant pack which gave the Bann threequarters the chance to show their silky running skills under the direction of out-half Thompson.
New team manager Andy Wynd said that he was very impressed with the team performance on this his first outing. “We were very strong defensively,” he said, “and there is certainly some brilliant attacking flair in that backline.”
There could only be one contender for Man-of-the- Match and that was Patterson, whose four tries brought his tally in two games to six.