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Tuesday 6th November 2018 @ 10:34 by Mark Phillip

Lancs/Cheshire Division One

Glossop 55-5 Tarleton


Glossop Rugby Club claimed another five point win on Saturday, when they comprehensively dispatched Tarleton at Hargate Hill.

Despite a slightly disjointed second half, the hard work had been done in the opening forty minutes, and when the teams turned around, Glossop had a comfortable 33-0 lead.

The opening ten minutes saw the visitors with all the possession, but staunch home defence meant they were unable to transfer their possession into points.

As in previous weeks, the Glossop forwards put immense pressure on their opposite numbers, particularly in the set piece, and this kept the visitors on the back foot and provided the Glossop half backs with clean ball for the majority of the game.

The first half saw the home team score five tries with four conversions.

Joe Dearnaley was first on the scoresheet following a strong catch and drive from the pack, before Dave Stanley was the beneficiary of a powerful scrum as he scored from close range. The Glossop scrum caused yet more problems for Tarleton, and the pressure they were under forced the visitors to infringe, which saw the referee award a penalty try and show a yellow card to the offending player.

Tom Dearnaley was next on the scoresheet when forced his way over next to the posts after some patient build up play.

Half time was looming, but there was still time for scrum half Jonny Tennant to get in on the action, and he dummied and snuck over to stretch the lead to 33-0.

The second half was more one way traffic, although Glossop struggled to maintain their shape in attack due to the fragmented nature of the match. However, they managed to register another four tries and a conversion. Dave Stanley and Tom Dearnaley both got their second scores, with captain Josh Edwards also getting over the line, and debutant Terry Holden capping a strong first outing with a try.

Tarletons efforts were rewarded when they intercepted a pass deep in Glossop territory, but by this time the game was well out of their reach.

A pleasing result for the Hillmen, however, this was far from a complete performance, and the coaches have plenty of things to work on before Glossop travel to Nottingham to face high flying Paviors next weekend in the (Notts, Lincs, Derbyshire) NLD cup.

Glossop Rugby move up to 4th in the league and are just 1 point behind Bolton after 8 games played. The next league game Glossop play away to the league leaders (temporary), Altrincham Kersal in a fortnight on 17th Nov.

By Josh Edwards