REPORT: Blacks are great for eight

4:10pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

By Andrew Simpson

Northwich 32 Anselmians 3

NORTHWICH, transformed since the turn of the year, show no signs of stopping after a sixth successive bonus point win.

They were level with guests Anselmians before kick off, a statistic they had rubbished by the break after adapting to challenging conditions at fortress Moss Farm.

Blacks have won eight games in a row on their own pitch since September.

Chris Dutoy slotted a penalty inside five minutes, and the hosts never looked likely to relinquish the lead from that moment on.

They swelled their points tally midway through the opening period when Jack Watts fed Ryan McKibbin, who promptly side-stepped would-be tacklers to touch down.

Dutoy added the extras.

Northwich, too quick for their guests up front, imposed themselves further when Steve Campbell and Chris James combined to supply Chris Dale.

He found McKibbin, in support, who doubled his personal try tally.

The pattern for Blacks’ third try was similar; Campbell finding James who sailed through a gap in Anselmians’ defence to add another five points.

There was no let up after the interval.

Chris Dale collected the ball and charged, feeding Campbell who timed a pass to Andrew Chubb that allowed him to race for the line, his speed taking him clear of the visitors’ defence.

There was a lull with the outcome now safe, though replacement Dafydd Jones showed promise when he drove forward.

Another substitute, Dave Farley, set up Campbell for a deserved score in the closing stages with Dutoy converting this time.

Anselmians at least avoided the fate of most recent visitors, leaders New Brighton and rock-bottom Ashton on Mersey, who were both nilled in Northwich.

They notched a consolation try following a period of sustained possession.

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