Report by Phil Hannah, University of Central Lancashire
Lancashire started and took control of the match, winning the possession and on the attack, looking as though they were really up for it.
After five minutes of almost constant pressure Northumberland started hitting back a little and it was very much played in the middle of the field with no clear chances being created.
It was very stop start, and carried on this way for most of the first half. There were a few glimpses of clever play from Lancashire who created a chance early on, but good defending by Northumberland prevented them opening the scoring.
On 14 minutes Lancashire performed a well worked move from a scrum and James Maddrell managed to get through for the first try of the match. The conversion was narrowly missed by Ellis Whorlton-Jones.
Lancashire's dominance in possession never fully materialised further into scoring, and they let Northumberland get more and more into the game.
The visitors started getting longer periods of possession and on 25 minutes this paid off when they managed to get over the try line and get on the score sheet. They too missed their conversion attempt.
With a fairly low-key first half behind them, Lancashire introduced Alex Lewis-Booth to the front row at the break. Soon after the restart though, Northumberland scored with two penalties in quick succession to bring the home side into life.
Lancashire pushed forward and after a great passing move, standout player Jacob Browne finished with a try, though once more the conversion attempt was missed. In the 59th minute Lancashire was awarded with a penalty and Whorlton-Jones scored his first points of the afternoon to put the home team back in front.
Browne had to go off in the last few minutes of the match with an injury, to be replaced by Matthew Gallagher.
Whorlton-Jones found his accuracy again, converting another penalty to extend their lead, before finishing the same way they started, and after a good move, Harry Bashall scored, with Whorlton-Jones scoring the conversion.
Lancashire Head Coach Jonny Roddam said afterwards: “Lancashire made a positive start and finished strong, the back line attacked well and finished off with some tries”.
Final score - Lancashire 23 Northumberland 11
Tries: James Maddell, Jacob Browne, Harry Bashall Conversions: Ellis Whorlton-Jones (2) Penalties: Ellis Whorlton-Jones (2)
15 Jacob Browne, 14 James Maddrell, 13 Sam Stott, 12 Harry Bashall, 11 Kane McCurdy, 10 Ellis Whorlton-Jones, 9 Stephen Davolls: 1 Morgan Channel, 2 Josh Gow, 3 Matthew Woodward, 4 Nick Ashcroft, 5 Connor Scrivens, 6 Scott Bowerman (c), 7 Jack Edwards, 8 Oliver Cuerden
Replacements - 16 Daniel Wilson, 17 Alex Lewis-Booth, 18 Liam Kirkpatrick, 19 Aaron Harris, 20 James Hesketh, 21 Ben Warwick, 22 Matthew Gallagher, 23 Jonathan Roberts