Fleetwood RU 18 Altrincham Kersal 24

Mark Turnpenny on the wing
Mark Turnpenny on the wing
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Fleetwood were cruelly denied by a late breakaway try, but they need to be more clinical and close games down when victory is in sight.

They dominated large periods of this North One West clash and made their intentions clear from the kick-off as they spread the ball wide.

After winning a penalty, Fleetwood worked play right to winger Craig Cowley, but the ball was lost in contact and the visitors broke 80 metre unchallenged for a converted try.

Dave Hart went close for Fleetwood before a powerful break by centre Adam Crisp resulted in winger Mark Turnpenny sprinting clear to score. Ryan Riches’ goal levelled the scores.

A period of pressure by the AK forwards resulted in their second converted try but Fleetwood continued to battle away, with good carries by Lee Storton and Luke Ford.

Again the home side hit back and David Fairbrother, who made his presence felt with some big carries, crashed over following a penalty kick to the corner. The conversion was pushed wide and Fleetwood trailed 14-12 at the break.

The visitors stretched their lead with a penalty before two by Riches put the home side in front for the first time at 18-17.

AK missed two penalty chances to regain the lead, but just as Fleetwood began to suspect their luck was finally changing, an interception on halfway resulted in the matchwinning try.

Ben Corless and Fairbrother were outstanding in the forwards, with Tom Evans and Crisp the pick of the backs.

n A minute’s silence preceded kick off as a mark of respect for Sid Jones,a former player, groundsman and a loyal servant for Fleetwood RU.