11th May Warrington 3 Royton 34 (14&u)

Warrington just managed to turn a team of 8 players against Royton’s 12. However Royton not only had strength in numbers but had players of exceptional quality including I understand a Great Britain player. The first quarter saw Royton dominate from the start scoring 11 goals without reply. Warrington had only Stanley Mainwaring and Jack Yates playing as 14 year olds with the rest a mixture of 12 and under and 13 year olds. Despite some determined efforts by Stanley in attack and Jack in defence they couldn’t stop Royton finishing the quarter 0-11 up. The next three quarters were more of the same although Royton restrained to 7 or 8 goals per quarter. On a positive note Jack Yates scored two goals and Stanley Mainwaring scored one goal. It was clear that we could not play so many 11 and 12 year olds in a 14 and under game and that each team needs to be able to supply a core of 7 or 8 players. I congratulated the younger players in showing courage in continuing the game despite the overwhelming odds.