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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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McKenna turns on magic to Island’s benefit

ISLAND remain unbeaten in the Barrow and District League, with former Barrow and South Wales forward Joe McKenna leading the way in the rout of Hindpool A.

BARROW AND DISTRICT

Hindpool A

0

Barrow Island A

46

Island took the game to their hosts, with the impressive Joe Spencely breaking through to send Dan Johnson to the line, only for the centre to lose possession.

It was Spencely once more who spear-headed the next raid, along with Spencer Hoyland, but the latter’s pass to Johnson was poor and the raid broke down.

And when Hindpool’s Scott McGuikin lost the ball 10 yards from his own line, more pressure mounted through Mike Pearce and Taylor Woodend, only for Luke Creswell to lose possession 10 yards out. Cresswell then made a telling break, tearing downfield, but on hand were Callum Dale and Dale Sneesby to haul him down.

On 14 minutes Island finally got the breakthrough – Pearce and Thwaites paving the way for Aaron Palmer to go in.

Hindpool almost hit back when an Island raid broke down when Adam Martin intercepted to race downfield, but the cover soon got back to avert any further danger.

And it was from an interception that Hindpool were to suffer as Sneesby’s intended pass to Lee Boyd was snapped out of the air by Niall Miller who raced in from 75 yards. On 28 minutes there were further points for Island as McKenna took the ball up and prised open a gap for Johnson to go in at the corner.

Island were now on top and five minutes from the break they went further ahead. McKenna powered upfield, parting to Cresswell and his timely pass found Spencely who raced over, for Pearce to convert.

Conditions deteriorated due to heavy rain and it was going to be an uphill task for the home side. And it was the visitors who were to strike seven minutes into the second half with a fine try from Spencely who broke free to go in from 45 yards out, Pearce adding the goal.

Hindpool had it all to do but they battled on and went close. A Dale chip ahead was knocked-on by Wayne Manson. From the scrum Graham Shaw took the ball to the line and parted to Mike Kummer who, despite being tackled, released the ball to Tony Rickleton who crossed – but a forward pass was ruled.

Then 12 points inside three minutes ended any hopes of a recovery for Hindpool. Gareth Shaw went over, prior to Pearce touching down, and he also added both goals for 36-0. Shaw brought up the 40 points with an unconverted try before Hindpool went close through Rickelton.

Island went back upfield with a counter-attack, with several players handling before Cresswell touched down for Shaw to convert.

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