Longton 1st XV 19 v 52 Nuneaton
Longton travelled to the powerful Nuneaton side without influential centre and backs coach, Scott Rawlings, whose long-awaited knee operation was carried out on Saturday morning, , sidelining him for about 4 weeks. They fielded young centres Eddie Askew and Sam Longstaff in the midfield.
Nuneaton began the game at a fast pace and were soon two tries to the good, aided by some poor tackling which is becoming a regular feature in many games. The Longton forwards were giving a good account of themselves with two tries coming via this route, Mikey Allen scoring the first and the second from a series of pick-and-goes which has become a prime source of points lately.
However, Nuns were able to register tries at regular intervals even though the visitors were able to secure more ball in the second half but the side lacked penetration in the backs who were clearly missing the ability of Scott Rawlings to punch holes through the centre.
Longton’s only second half score came from a penalty try when their powerful pack thundered over from short range, the conversion giving them a 19 point total but, crucially, one try short of a valuable bonus point.
Next week Longton are at home to bottom of the league Old Halesonians when a win, and preferably with a bonus point, is vital.