Rugby Union: Sandbach keep their cool to see off Newport challenge
SANDBACH overcame injury and illness to pull off a 25-20 win at Newport in National League Three Midlands.
They lost hooker Tom Herd and inside centre Simon Verbickas in the second half, while Ally Burton was forced to make his excuses because of an upset stomach.
But that didn't deter a Sandbach outfit recovering from an early 10-0 deficit to hit back with tries from Josh Longson, with his first of the season, and Rich Murray.
Sandbach's 22-10 half-time lead came under threat in the second 40 after Newport claimed a converted score, but a Ben Elliott penalty saw the visitors home.
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LONGTON paid the price for a sluggish performance as they went down 27-25 at Syston in National League Three Midlands.
A couple of Chris Buck penalties and a Kieran Healey try put Longton 11-7 ahead in the first half against their spirited, but limited hosts.
But the final 15 minutes of the opening half proved to be a disaster for the visitors, who conceded two tries, mainly down to poor defence and missed tackles.
Longton, though, strung together a concerted period of attacking play in the second 40, with Grant Hallam hitting the line at pace to score and leave them 19-18 behind.
But they then hit the self-destruct button by allowing Syston to steal possession and cross over, before a penalty put them 27-18 ahead.
Number eight Joel Booth was driven over for a late score, but it was to no avail.
TIM Cowap's quickfire double wasn't enough to save CREWE & NANTWICH from a third successive defeat in South Lancs/Cheshire One.
Winger Cowap scampered over twice inside the opening nine minutes at Winnington Park to put his side in control.
However, the 10th-placed hosts, who lie one place below Crewe and Nantwich, rallied to secure a 13-10 success.
CONGLETON claimed an 18-15 victory in their South Lancs/Cheshire Three derby clash at LINLEY & KIDSGROVE.
A Jack Leese try put Linley ahead and, although Congleton replied with a score of their own, Sam Dumigan's boot handed the home side an 8-5 interval advantage.
Linley appeared to be on course for victory once Dumigan converted his own score, but the drama unfolded in the closing stages.
A penalty kept Congleton within range, and they completed their comeback with a last-minute try.