Kanauros kick seals victory for 1st XV
CONGLETON 1ST XV 22
ELLESMERE PORT 20
(Lancs/Cheshire Division One)
Congleton’s 1st team hosted Ellesmere Port on Saturday on Hankinson’s Field, Congleton.
Both teams took to the field in high spirits and with an abundance of energy.
Ellesmere took the lead and scored early, missing their conversion and putting the score at 0-5.
The match restarted and Congleton were hot off the mark with Joseph Kanauros racing down the pitch towards Ellesmere’s try line, tackled by Ellesmere’s back line of defence.
The ball went loose but was quickly pounced upon by Congleton and through the firm grasp of Tom Vandersteen was set down over the try line and Congleton saw their first try of the match. A missed conversion meant the score was set at 5-5.
Ellesmere intercepted a pass between the Congleton players and were the next to score but again missed the conversion giving them back the lead 5-10.
However, before long and with the ball back in Congleton’s possession, young Tom Vandersteen dodged this way and that to weave between the Ellesmere defensive line and managed once again to place the ball over their try line for 10-10.
A penalty to Ellesmere Port took the score to 10-13.
On the stroke of half-time Congleton struck back with another try. Kanauros spotted some space behind the opposition’s defensive line and chipped the ball into the gap. Ed Williams chased after it and went over line. With the conversion cruelly bouncing off the crossbar, the half-time score was Congleton 15, Ellesmere Port 13.
Back after half-time both teams were fighting for the next score. After some end to end rugby, Ellesmere were back in the game. Chasing down the pitch, they dived through the Congleton defence and gained themselves another try, managing to convert this time to give them the lead, 15-20.
Sustained pressure from both teams saw the clock tick ever closer to full-time. The last play of the game was a lineout 5m from Ellesmere Port’s try line. The ball was thrown in and captain Greg Wood ploughed over the line and Congleton drew level.
The players and amassed crowd held their breath as Kanauros lined up the all-important conversion. His boot connected with the ball and it sailed straight between the uprights to see Congleton win 22-20.