North Derbyshire Chargers 22 Haworth Park 62 Chargers' Open Age side put up a brave effort but were outgunned by a better drilled side as they went down to defeat at home to Hull's Haworth Park. Haworth Park were ahead 12-0 very quickly and despite a Sam Parkes try and conversion by Neil Storey for the Chargers they dominated the first half, albeit with the slope advantage. Further tries put them 24-6 up but a Neil Storey try and conversion kept the Derbyshire side in touch at half time.
The second half offered some hope for the Chargers but it wasn't to be as Hull's bigger forwards dominated and their better handling saw them run away with the game before two late scores gave the home side some consolation. New coach Ben Hanson said "We have some talent out there but we have to work on structure and we need a bit more weight in the forwards."
Man of the Match for the Chargers was Ben Parkes. North Derbyshire Chargers Under 15s 32 Whinmoor U15s 26 Chargers U15s won their 10th game in a row but it was a close run thing as 11 man Whinmoor made light of their short numbers and gave a lacklustre Chargers side a lesson that almost proved fatal for their championship ambitions.
Chargers were also down on numbers, with 5 players representing East Midlands but they began brightly with tries by Elliot Watson and Corey Cox, both converted by Harry Chapman. However the Leeds side began to gain possesion and exert control and got a deserved try on 16 minutes followed by a second 7 minutes later. Neither were converted and Chargers edged furrther ahead when Macauley Watkinson caught a Chapman kick to extend the lead to 16-8 at half time.
Lee Walters half time talk had the desired effect and further tries from Watson, Cox and Ben Doxey should have made the game safe. However Whinmoor had other ideas and dragged themsleves back to 28-14 with a fine solo try down the left wing and under the posts. Duell Trueman added a further Chargers try but with no second half conversions the lead was only 18 points. The Chargers once again started to cough up possession and a determined Whinmoor almost made them pay with two late converted tries through a tiring defence. The whistle came with the Chargers clinging on.
Coach Lee Walters was full of praise for his opponents "They came here and gave us a real game - they had some quality players and we did not respond in the way we should have done. You cannot afford to take anyone lightly in rugby league and we really got away with it today." The under 15s take a break from league action until September but will continue training.
Chargers: Holland, Waller, Banner, Cox (2T), Watson (2T), Watkinson (1T), Chapman (2G), Doxey (1T), Walters, Fumhanda, Trueman (1T), Bullars, Beech Under 15s representative game - East Midlands 50 West Midlands 10 Five Chargers players made their representative debut as they helped the East Mids side to a big win over their "Origin" rivals. Congratulations to Aaron Wycherley, Sean Briscoe, Patrick Ryan, Matley Brain and Warren Brown.
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