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Sandbach hold on
9:00am Friday 19th October 2012 in Sport
Newport 20 Sandbach 25
SANDBACH held on to secure victory on their travels on Saturday.
Newport came out with all guns blazing and within 10 minutes were 10-0 up thank to a converted try and penalty.
Sandbach re-grouped quickly and began to put their stamp on the game.
Josh Longson went over for his first try of the season after the home team were pulled from one side of the pitch from the other.
Ben Elliott converted, shortly before Rich Murray found space on the left wing to beat his man, cut inside and drag three men over the line with him. Elliott was less successful with the follow up.
The Sandbach forwards were starting to get on top of their opposite men, taking small steps in the scrum and re-establishing the rolling maul, which ultimately lead to Ally Burton crossing over after the pack drove home from the twenty two. Elliott followed up with the conversion and added three more points before the break.
Going in 22-10 at the break the travelling support may have anticipated more of the same in the second period.
But the hosts had different ideas, as they made use of the sloping pitch.
A cleverly worked line out move allowed them to cross over for their second converted try, quickly follwed by another three from the boot.
Elliott opened the scores to 25-20, with another penalty- but a chaotic last ten minutes saw Sandbach camped on their own line, as the home turn tried every trick in the book to cross the white wash.
The green army were able to repel everything that was thrown at them, only losing Chris Davenport to the bin in the process.
Sandbach host unbeaten leaders Sutton Coldfield at Bradwall Road for looks to be a great spectacle.